On Monday evening, in Downtown Toronto at the Cleveland Clinic a fundraiser was held to support Maddy Irwin and I in our upcoming season. I have to say that I was blown away at how many people showed up to support us. The ski community is such a tightly knit group, especially in Ontario, and it is incredible to see how many people are backing us in our Career.
The Cleveland Clinic was kind enough to allow us to use their facilities for this event. The venue was absolutely incredible! In the heart of Toronto, on the 30th floor looking out onto the lake Ontario, a great scene for everyone to get together. I have to thank John Danson and Mike Kessel for hosting the event and taking a lot of time to organize and plan it!
We were also fortunate enough to have Brian Williams and his family join us. Brian has been involved with ski racing and other Olympic sports now for many years and his experience showed when he took the stand to speak. He was an amazing guest speaker and shared some incredible stories from his time as a broadcaster. Thanks a lot to Brian for finding time out of his extremely busy travel schedule to come to our event!
Also joining us were ex National Team members and Olympians, Brian Stemmle and Lisa Savijarvi. It was great to meet both of them and hear some of the stories that they had from their ski careers. Both were very accomplished racers and I can only hope that my career will be as successful!
The silent auction was a big hit on Monday evening. We had some great items donated to us from Alpine Canada, Alpine Ontario, TSN, Molson, Rossignol, Head, Skiis and Biikes as well as personal donations from my teammates, Mike Janyk and Larisa Yurkiw. Maddy and I decided prior to the event that all of the proceeds from the silent auction would be donated to the Nik Zoricic foundation. Nik was such a major influence to Maddy and I growing up ski racing at Craigleith and we could not have thought of a better way to support his foundation. Thanks to everyone who purchased items, we were able to raise $6500 for the NZ foundation!!
Once again, thanks a lot to everyone who came out! It was great to see so many familiar faces and to meet some new people who were all there for the same reason! Maddy and I both really appreciate it!
Now it is time to do my job, which is ski fast! I am currently in Nakiska, Alberta which is where our team often comes at this time of year for our pre season training. I will be here for the next couple works working on dialling everything in so that I can be ready for the first race of the year in Colorado.
Below are some pictures from Monday’s fundraiser. Click on the thumbnails to scroll through the gallery.
Enjoy and Thanks Again!!!