The team of Daniel Adamic, Chris Gadreau, Andrea Adamic, David Ferguson and John Tudor started the "Brian Knox Memorial" in 2012, in honour of a dear friend and father, Brian. He sadly passed away September 11, 2010 due to a sudden brain aneurysm.
Not all was lost - Brian was a registered donor and in passing, was able to help more than 75 people, This decision was made possible thanks to the help and support of the Gift Of Life Foundation. Brian was a hockey enthusiast and the biggest Maple Leaf fan ever, which is why we have chosen to honour him in this way!
For the first 3 years we donated our entire proceeds to the Trillium Gift of Life Foundation. At the 1st Annual BKM, we raised $1240; 2nd annual $1000, 3rd annual $4600. This gave us a total of $6840 over just 3 tournaments.
Our 4th year we expanded and decided to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton! We were able to donate $5000 to their Group Recreation program. This helped promote a healthy and active lifestyle for adults and children in the Halton region. Another $1000 raised went to the Trillium Gift of Life Network.
At our 5th Annual event this August, you helped us raise $5700!
With this money we are gave $1000 to Trillium's Gift of Life ICU, and the rest to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton! $3000 went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton's Group Recreational Program (helps children, waiting to be paired with a their Big, go on monthly group activities) and the remaining $1700 went to BKM new "Get Into Hockey" sponsorship. This is where we sponsored a girl from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton to play hockey for free or a year! The money covered her league fees, tournament fees, and all of her brand new equipment sponsored by Sport Army.
She played with the Oakville Hornets Girls Hockey Association and had a blast!
We would like to thank our other sponsors and friends for the 5th Annual event. In no particular order: DanceScape Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Andrea Ferguson Speedpro Signs Ficel Corp Sport Army Glory Hockey DAVIDsTEA ProCrete Contracting: Thank you for your support and donations! It makes it enjoyable for our guests and was a huge part of our proceeds! Thank you also Canlan Ice Sports - Oakville for being great hosts once again! Ashley Rowley thanks for playing your guitar for us :)
"I personally want to thank my family and friends for helping us grow the tournament to what is is today. My parents, Mary Handyside Christopher Gadreau Andrea Adamic Jenn Molto John Tudor David Ferguson and Stephanie Shipley, thank you for the awesome work that you guys do for the BKM. I love you guys, you mean the world to me!"-Daniel Adamic
Thanks again everyone for being apart of this event and making Knox proud.
Each year we continue to raise awareness and donate our proceeds amongst our two partners.
The tournament wouldn't be possible without the help of our sponsors, friends and family, so thank you for all of your support!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our 6th Annual event at Canlan Ice Sports - Oakville August 19-20, 2017!
We had another successful weekend where we raised a new personal best of $6,300! We had over 175 hockey players attend plus their friends and family contribute to our cause. We are proud to announce that we are donating $1,000 to Trillium Gift of Life Network 's ICU and $5,300 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton 's Group Recreation program, where they organize monthly group activities for the children that are waiting to be paired with their "Big"! (If you're interested in becoming a mentor to a child, please visit Big Brothers Facebook page to find out more!)
Since 2012, we have been able to raise a total just shy of $25,000 for these two wonderful organizations!
A big thanks go out to our 2017 sponsors listed below!
Speed pro - Signage
SeatGIANT - Blue Jays tix for the Skills Competition
The Ferg Mart - Jersey letters on the back & BKM volunteer t-shirts
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment - Signed 2017 Maple Leafs Hockey stick
For raffle prizes/give aways:
And to the others that we have on Facebook that have played/donated/helped:
Drew Mooradian Lucas Schoenfeldt Josh Laszlo Tyler Kok Brittany Sherwood Stephanie Shipley Joanna Ciolfi Chris Araujo Connor Syn Camick Spencer Joy Jason Murdy John May Dan Macgillivray Calvin Reynolds Chris Harris Liam Shaw Gregory Anderson Xiran, Geoff Bridges
And lastly thank you to Jackie De Mike Furlani for helping us create the Michael J. De Souza trophy. Michael sadly passed away this year. He was a big supporter of the BKM and was the goalie for the Konno Boys. In honour of him, the award goes out to the goalie that is a key contributor to his team while demonstrating great sportsmanship on and off the ice. Congrats to Jason Murdy of the BMS Goats for winning it!
We had over 250 people make this 6th annual event possible this year and we appreciate all of the support you've given us over the years. We look forward to seeing you all next year!
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