WATERLOO, Ont. - Wednesday night was the eleventh annual Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner presented by Sun Life Financial. This year’s event raised over $50,000 through the evening’s dinner, silent and live auctions, all of which go towards the Laurier Golden Hawks football program. This year’s event also saw keynote speaker and former CFL great Chuck Ealey address the crowd.
The dinner took place at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel in Waterloo. Approximately 320 guests were in attendance, including alumni, friends and over 25 corporate sponsors.
Ealey is a corporate inspirational speaker who talks about “3 Keys to a Winning Edge” and presently works at Investors Group, a sponsor of Ontario University Athletics. A former football player, he was named the 1972 Canadian Football League Rookie of the Year and Grey Cup MVP with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He also holds the NCAA record for most consecutive wins as a quarterback when he led the University of Toledo through 35 games from 1969 to 1971.
The Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner is a fundraising initiative of the Laurier Golden Hawk Football program. To date, the event has raised over $600,000 for the Golden Hawk football program. The funds are directed into enhancements and support, such as equipment, academic assistance, coaching support and facilities.
Wednesday’s event celebrated the achievements of the 2009 Golden Hawks, but also commemorated all of the Laurier players who have won major CIS awards. Since 1976, when the first Laurier player won a major award, a total of seven Golden Hawks have been honoured.
Those in attendance at the dinner also caught a glimpse of some of the new faces of Laurier Football. A total of 14 of the 25 committed recruits were introduced at the event by Golden Hawk football’s head coach, Gary Jeffries.
Rogers TV will present exclusive coverage of the Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner Sunday, May 2 at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 8 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 9 at 1 p.m. on Cable 20 in the Grand River region.