The Year in Review. For a fourth straight year last summer, the Joe Carter Classic celebrity golf tournament in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation was sold out. The popular charity event, presented by lead sponsors BlackBerry, Canada Goose and TD Bank Group, has quickly developed a reputation as one of the top charity golf tournaments in the country and was thrilled to announce Nike, Plaza Kia and Vespa Toronto West as new sponsors..
“To be able to outfit our celebrity golfers in Nike golf gear and announce Kia as our official car and Vespa as our official scooter of the tournament are major milestones for us,” said Joe Carter, event co-chair and former Toronto Blue Jays’ World Series hero. “I’m extremely grateful to all of our sponsors, most of whom have been with us since day one, helping us work towards our goal to raise awareness and funding for the Children’s Aid Foundation.”
The Joe Carter Classic paired golfers with celebrity pro-athletes and big and small screen entertainers to play at one of Ontario’s top ranked courses, Eagles Nest Golf Club on June 18, 2013. Celebrities ended their evenings at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto for a private VIP after-party, presented by Strellson. Long-time corporate involvement for the event, which also includes Lug and Via Rail, has helped the Joe Carter Classic raise and pledge to date a combined $750,000 for the Children’s Aid Foundation. The official after-party, hosted by Farley Flex, featured performances by ’90s hip hop act Naughty By Nature and “Bust a Move” rapper Young MC.
“It’s easy to see why sponsors, celebrities and golfers are lining up to participate in this tournament – it’s a world class event and Canada Goose is proud to support Joe’s efforts to raise important funds for a vital Canadian cause,” said Dani Reiss, president and CEO, Canada Goose Inc.
Big name celebrities, included, Marcus Allen, Ray Bourque, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Eric Lindros, Jonathan Ogden and Kelly Gruber. “Each year we challenge ourselves to raise the bar for sponsor, celebrity and golfer experiences,” said James Dodds, event co-chair and TD Bank Group executive. “We’re excited to have succeeded in growing at every level so that we can put on our biggest event yet.”
For newcomer and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, it was a family affair. The Great One brought sons Ty and Tristan to the tournament and the after-party. Other guests included NBA star Cliff Levingston, CFL great Damon Allen, Montreal Canadiens player P.K. Subban and rapper Kardinall Offishall.
Since 2010, the Joe Carter Classic has raised and pledged a combined $750,000 to benefit the Children’s Aid Foundation
2013 Celebrity List
Damon Allen, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Rod Black, Dean Blundell, Ray Bourque, Johnny Bower, Joe Carter, Cedric Ceballos, David Clarkson, Vince Coleman, Julius Erving, Marshall Falk, Jake Gardiner, Cito Gaston, Wayne Gretzky, Doug Gilmour, Robbie Gould, Kelly Gruber, Dave Henderson, Paul Henderson, Gordie Howe, Mike Krushelnyski, Cliff Livingston, Eric Lindros, Greg Lloyd, Kenny Lofton, Moses Malone, Jonathan Ogden, Joey Porter, Ozzie Smith, Dave Stewart, Kordell Stewart, P.K. Subban, Tony Todd and Devon White.