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In This Edition

  • HOPE springs eternal, to smash the volleyball!
  • FYFB benefits from the luck of the Irish
  • Law firms compete for commuters' cash
  • Remembering John Roussos
  • Comrags to riches

What's Happening @ FYFB

25th Annual HOPE Volleyball Tournament
Saturday June 15, 2013

Sun. Sports. Fun. An island setting and a gorgeous view of the city skyline. Oh, and beer. What better way to spend a weekend summer day? And it's all for charity.

Fort York Food Bank is honoured to have been chosen as a charity partner of the 25th Annual HOPE Volleyball Tournament, a fun charity fundraiser that takes place Saturday, June 15, 2013 on beautiful Toronto Centre Island (Olympic Island).

With 40+ courts, 100's of teams and 1000's of participants, it is the largest one day volleyball tournament in the region!

There are many ways to get involved to help out FYFB:

  1. Participate! As an individual ($40 for full day of games) or organize and enter a team. There are four divisions, from beginners to competitive, so volleyballers of all skill levels are welcome and wanted.
  2. Sponsor a team or individual or simply make an online donation. Donations of $20 or greater will automatically receive an electronic tax receipt.
  3. Spread the word by sharing this Global TV video PSA and connecting with HOPE Volleyball on Facebook and Twitter.

Lucky Ball fundraiser huge success for FYFB

Sweet sounds, a stylish crowd, and a St. Patrick's Day theme were a winning recipe for FYFB, which raised almost $30,000 — enough to cover close to 20% of FYFB's budget — through the inaugural Lucky Ball held on March 14 at The Great Hall on Queen St. W.

The event's stunning success was due to the tireless work put in by (pictured below) FYFB Board member Scott Shallow (far right), along with fellow Board members (left to right) Lindsay Grange, Chris Murphy, Ryan Dzierniejko, and Trevor Guy, as well as Whitney Pizale (center), owner of W Events and a member of the Lucky Ball organizing committee.

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Lucky Ball fundraiser. March 14 2013

However, as Mr. Shallow noted: "The event simply would not have been possible without the extremely generous support of our event sponsors (noted below), whose charitable donations ensured all proceeds from ticket sales for Lucky Ball went directly to FYFB. We look forward to making the event even bigger and better next year!"

FYFB. Fort York Food Bank. Lucky Ball fundraiser. March 14 2013

Law firms and FYFB volunteers blitz TTC

Toronto lawyers from 10 firms, with the assistance of FYFB volunteers and Toronto city councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity Spadina) and thanks to the assistance of the TTC and GO Transit, raised more than $20,000 for FYFB through FYFB's annual TTC Blitz fundraising event on March 19th. Lawyers spread out through downtown Toronto subway stations collecting coins from commuters in the early morning rush hour, as well as generating funds from colleagues within their firms.

"The subway blitz is one of the largest individual sources of funding for FYFB," said Board member and TTC Blitz organizer Ryan Dzierniejko. "Its annual success is a credit to the generosity of law firms in our community, many of whom have supported the event since its inception five years ago."

Participating law firms this year included:

  1. Border Ladner Gervais LLP
  2. Heenan Blaikie LLP
  3. Lerners LLP
  4. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  5. Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
  6. McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  7. Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  8. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP
  9. Stikeman Elliott LLP
  10. Torys LLP

For the third year in a row, McCarthy Tétrault LLP raised the most money of any participating law firm, raising almost $4,500 in the event.

In Memory of John Roussos

FYFB mourns the loss of a great friend and supporter, John Roussos, who passed away peacefully at Humber River Regional Hospital, Church Site on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at the age of 43 years.

John was an important volunteer member of the FYFB family for many years and had been planning to return to FYFB this year to prepare tax returns for FYFB clients who would otherwise be burdened with the cost of paying another agency for assistance.

"We miss John. Here was a man that was always positive with the ability to elevate the energy of those around him," recalled FYFB Program manager Mike Schoonheyt. "John was always patient with the clients and was one of those rare consistent givers that we covet so much."

"John will be remembered as a person who went the extra mile," added FYFB Board member Devi Arasanayagam, a close friend of John. "He was caring, thoughtful, loved life, travelling and meeting people."

A hands-on approach to helping FYFB

Selling 'sock monkeys' as stylish as Darwin at Ikea, Dowest clothing designers Comrags raised approximately $1,600 for FYFB.

"This was a great fundraiser for FYFB, especially coming from a local business operating in the community that we serve," said FYFB Board member Kelvin Ngan. "It's these types of neighbourhood connections that we're looking to nurture."

Every December, Comrags raises money for FYFB. For years, the studio made sock monkeys, then they took a break and instead held a food drive, then they did some volunteer work. But the time came to return to the ever popular sock monkeys, which are hand crafted, each its own character, and truly one-of-a-kind.

Established in 1983, Comrags has evolved into one of Canada's most well-known women's clothing labels, with a traditional approach to design and clothing production: from start to finish, each garment is produced in-house by a small team led by the creative team of Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish.

Upcoming Events

June 2013 HOPE Volleyball tournament on Toronto Island. Full details click here

Ways to Get Involved at FYFB

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