The ball drop that started it all was officiated by Mayor Al McDonald (left, holding ball) and Mike McParland (right), Coach of the Lakers Hockey team who were the referees for the tournament. Joining in were the captains of the participating teams and Easter Seals young adult Cory Potter (with star hat) and Neil Melnyk (seated).
Easter Seals Kids
The action was so hot it peeled the pavement off East Side Mario’s parking lot yesterday at the 10th Annual Power Play for Easter Seals Kids.
In an amazing show of community support, six teams competed in the annual 4-on-4 ball hockey tournament to help score $8,738 for children and youth with physical disabilities.
The Top Fundraising Team, Ladies In Flight, with their coach, Cory Potter, an Easter Seals young adult, won top honours again raising an amazing and heartfelt $4,014. The host venue, East Side Mario’s, were the Tournament Champions of the day and the North Bay Fire Department secured the Tournament Runners-Up title. Easter Seals child, Neil Melnyk, was on hand, with his brother Owen and sister Jill, cheering on all of the teams, but they were especially enthusiastic for their mom and dad’s team, Neil’s Avengers.
“It was a wonderful day for Easter Seals kids, and we are most grateful to all of the teams, sponsors and volunteers that gave of their time and efforts to make it all possible,” says Roxanne Kneer, Development Officer, Easter Seals Ontario.
Easter Seals Ontario is now in its 90th year of helping children and youth with physical disabilities. Since 1922, Easter Seals Ontario has provided families of children with physical disabilities with financial assistance for expensive mobility equipment and communication devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and braces, as well as fully accessible Easter Seals camps, and funding for alternative recreational programs. For more information, visit www.easterseals.org