Rock Fans Raise $32,000

Toronto - Toronto Rock fans came together over the last week to raise a total of $32,000 for the Canadian Forces Military Families Fund.  Fundraising began last Monday with the launch of an online auction and culminated with last Friday's game against Philadelphia at Air Canada Centre.

"We're extremely proud of our fans," said Rock Owner and President Jamie Dawick.  "It's also a great honour to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the Canadian men and women who serve our country and risk their lives so that we can continue to live in the best country in the world."

This year, fans had the opportunity to participate in a live auction on the floor after the game to bid on the jersey of their favourite player.  The successful bidders had the chance to get their jersey signed and were also able to meet the player one-on-one.  The live auction raised over $18,000 alone towards the fundraising total.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment donated one dollar towards the fundraising efforts for every ticket sold.  The lacrosse club also sold raffle tickets for the game-worn and game-issued autographed helmets from Friday's game. 

Previously, the Toronto Rock and Sunnybrook Foundation teamed up to "Black Out Breast Cancer" in both 2010 and 2011.  The Rock were able to raise in excess of $65,000 for Sunnybrook Foundation and the team will have an Examination Room named in their honour at the new Sunnybrook BreastCancer Centre slated to open later this year.

Friday night, the Rock will be back in action as they host the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30pm at Air Canada Centre.  For more information or to purchase tickets to Friday's game, please visit or call 416-596-3075.



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Sue Walton
Proud to have been a part of this as I am every year when we do something to give back to our community.

I am not aware of any other team that does this, which makes us stand apart from all the rest!

I had a fun at the game, at the auction and being able to give back to the very people that help us was amazing! Thank you for stepping up and doing this kind of work Jamie. I think it's a reflection of you and what community means to you. I'm glad I could play a small part in your vision to give back!
2012-03-15 00:32:46
Our family was lucky enough to have won two of the jerseys on Friday night and my only HUGE regret was that I wasn't there with them on the floor. I was trying to send positive winning thoughts from a plane, apparently that didn't work so well! But happily, we now have a "family" of 3 charity jerseys to proudly wear to the last home game. Thanks Jamie and all for supporting this worthy cause!
2012-03-17 11:08:37

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