Many of you have asked about hotels and we now have made arrangements with eight hotels. We have negotiated prices with these hotels and are holding blocks of rooms for the tournament. They are in close proximity to the arenas and some are even within walking distance of subway stops for easy access to downtown Toronto. While registration will not open till September 1st, 2018 you can begin booking rooms now if you wish. We are still negotiating with other hotels and more will be added. You can also book with any other hotel of your choice. For full details go to http://grandravinetornadoes.org/tournament-hotels/
Grandravine Special Hockey’s 14th annual golf tournament, The Grandravine Charity Classic is fast approaching. The date is Friday July 20, 2018 at the fabulous Glen Eagle Golf Club in Caledon. Join us and bring your friends for great day of golfing, dining and prizes. For more details or to sign up go to http://grandravinetornadoes.org/golf-tournament/.
Many people have already been asking about information for the 2019 tournament. Here is what we have so far. Registration will start Sept. 1, 2018 and will close December 31, 2018. Opening ceremonies will be on Wednesday evening, March 27, 2019. (Time and venue TBD). Games will place on March 28-30 at Scotiabank Pond and Chesswood Arena. These two facilities are within a few blocks each other and have a combined total of eight ice pads. The closing ceremonies and banquet will take place on March 30 at the International Centre. The deadline to purchase tickets for the banquet will be January 31, 2019. We are in the process of negotiating with hotels and will have this information shortly.
Grandravine’s president and long time Blackhawks fan, Joe Rizzuto, was spotted at the Leafs-Bruins Hall of Fame game Friday night. There he was, hanging out with all his leaf buddies in the Maple Leafs alumni box at ACC.
Is it possible that he has turned blue and white? Perhaps it’s not not only the maple leafs in his own back yard that he is now admiring. And is this a picture of Joe paying homage to some of the Leaf past greats?
Despite repeated denials from Joe himself, one has to wonder, “Where there’s smoke, there must be fire!” Has he finally seen the light? Has he finally abandoned the Hawks? With so many others coming clean about past foibles, could Joe be trying to rid himself of his addiction to the dark side of Chicago. Remember Joe, we’re here for you.
Blackhawks management could not be reached for comment.
What do you get when you mix canoli, porchetta, beer and muscle cars on a bright sunny day? What else – a golf tournament. These were all part of the Grandravine Charity Classic held on July 21 at Glen Eagle Golf Club. The weather was perfect, the scores not so much, as 160 golfers took the tee-off enjoying a great day of golf and along the way raising some money for Grandravine Special Hockey. Now in its thirteenth year, this golf tournament would not have been possible without the principle sponsor and driving force, Coro Electric. Mike Corvinelli and his daughter Alessandra put in many long hours to help make this event the success that it is.
The perennial favourite, the porchetta station, from Leone Fine Foods was back and better than ever. Mary Leah and Susan Tari made sure none of the golfers could use hunger as an excuse, with Tony and Stephen Tari serving up even more at the half-way house .
For desert, Mario’s Bake Shop provided us with Sicily’s second most famous export, the canoli, sponsored by Coro Electric and served up by Tessie Persechini and Josie Toma. And a big thank you to Jessica Salvatore for capturing the great images you see here. There are even more pictures on the Photo Gallery. If you want to download pictures of your foursome just go to the group photo page.
New this year was the vintage muscle car display from the Toronto Muscle Car Club. Thanks to Brian Medeiros for getting these cars here.
And despite all the porchetta and canoli, everyone still managed to save some room for a wonderful dinner meal from Glen Eagle. Another highlight during dinner was Joe Rizzuto, president of Grandravine Special Hockey, not making a single Leafs joke during his speech – or did I just tune it out!
Then it was time to hand out the prizes.
Of course a day like this is not possible without the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers.
Cindi Buick, Jessica Salvatore, Joe Rizzuto, Lee Kelly, Lisa Rizzuto, Luci Liotta, Mark Rizzuto, Mary Leah, RoseAnn Merrick, Silvia Rizzuto, Teresa Bhandal, Steven Tari, Susan Tari, Tony Tari, Tessie Persechini, Josie Toma