TORONTO, Ont. – It was an evening to say “thank you.”
On Thursday, September 1st, 2016, Skate Canada Fund donors and guests attended Breaking The Ice, an exclusive event with Canada’s national team kicking off the 2016-17 skating season. Held in conjunction with the Skate Canada High Performance Camp, the event was an opportunity for select donors to meet and mingle with the nation’s premier skaters.
“ ‘Breaking The Ice’ was a tremendous success, with our generous donors getting the unique opportunity to interact with members of our national team,” said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada’s Chief Executive Officer.
“The evening was about recognizing our donors for their contribution to the Skate Canada Fund, and our way of thanking each and every one of them. Every donation represents a commitment to the future of skating in Canada, and Skate Canada is extremely appreciative of their generosity.”
The night kicked off with a special reception where donors and guests met national team members, posed for photos and discussed the upcoming season.
The evening continued with “As the Blade Turns”, an entertaining talk show where national team athletes interacted with skating commentator and journalist P.J. Kwong and Paul Dore, the son of former Canadian and international skating pioneer David Dore.
The David Dore Mentorship Fund is one of the five pillars of the Skate Canada Fund. A silent auction was also held to benefit the Skate To Win Athlete Fund.
Three impressive exhibits, honouring David Dore (Builder), Joe Geisler (Builder) and Liz Manley (Athlete), were also on display at the event.
In its short tenure, donors have contributed more than $22,000 to the Skate Canada Fund.
Skate Canada would like to thank the Canadian Olympic Committee, along with the evening’s silent auction donors: Hillberg & Berk; Flat Rock Winery; Golf Ontario; PJ Kwong; Oliver and Bonacini Restaurants; Artistry; and Bloomex.