The Best Downhill Racer

Nov 30, 2018

Thanks to everyone who made this special movie event a tremendous success and a whole lot of fun! We had some terrific first hand commentary from Steve Podborski, Todd Brooker and Bill Johnston, the film’s director.

This movie, which hasn’t been on the big screen in more than 35 years, tells the story of the 1981-82 World Cup Downhill season featuring Steve Podborski in his quest to win the overall Downhill title. This was a major milestone for North American ski racing, as no non-European had ever won this title.

It was my pleasure to sponsor and host this event in recognition of Podborski’s achievement. What better community to acknowledge and celebrate this moment in Canadian ski racing than beautiful Collingwood, home to Steve’s formidable years as a ski racer.

With everyone’s generous support we were able to raise in excess of $6000 for Parachute Canada! Most of us know and understand the dangers that come with downhill ski racing. Parachute was a very suitable charity to support this year in light of their dedication to preventing injuries and saving lives. 100% of donations went to Parachute from this event.

As a ski community, it’s important that we continue to tell our stories and celebrate our successes. In doing so we will acknowledge the foundations of support that are truly required for our athletes to reach the top step of the podium. We have a history of doing that very thing so let’s keep at it!

A very special thank you to Bill Johnston & Summerhill Entertainment for permission to use the film and bring it back to life.

A special thank you also to Allan de la Plante, who generously donated a painting he recently completed of Steve racing at Villars Switzerland. This was done exclusively for this event and raise an extra $2000 for the charity.

Thanks also to Todd Brooker and Steve Podborski for reliving some fun (and terrifying) stories from the world cup circuit for everyone to enjoy.

What a night!

Thanks also to Head Canada, Escarpment Magazine, Alpine Ontario and myCollingwood.ca

See you next year…

   

 

 

  

 

 

  A Party to Die For, Charity dinner event

Oct 27, 2018

I was pleased to be a title sponsor for a special charity dinner event entitled ‘A Party to Die For’ at Lora Bay in Thornbury. It was a great time had by all at this fun murder mystery event in support of BVO (Beaver Valley Outreach). It’s amazing how popular you can be as the sponsor of the ‘liquid assets’ (aka red and white wine)!

If you haven't already found your local charity of choice, please consider BVO. Their mantra is ‘making good things happen in our community’. On the whole the event raised over $53,000 which will help BVO complete their new building and add to support programs such as their Emergency Assistance Service. Thank you to all who made this event such a great success.

On the topic of BVO, I was asked to participate in the creation of this short promotional video:

https://youtu.be/JlIOO1DUm6c

       

   Growling Beaver Brevet Cycling Event

Sept 29, 2018

Thanks to all those who made the 2018 Growling Beaver bike event such as huge success in the Beaver Valley community. Over $400K raised this year, with over $1 million raised since the event began in 2015 to help people with Parkinson's live well today and tomorrow. Special congratulations to Evan Siddall on what I believe is best described as a real living legacy! Thanks to all my donors who helped me raise over $2800.00 towards this great cause.

2018 was my third year riding this exceptional community event. Can’t wait to do it again next year.

The Growling Beaver Brevet made its debut in 2015 to celebrate cycling and to help people with Parkinson's to live well today. All fundraising proceeds go to support the joint work of the Davis Phinney Foundation and Parkinson Wellness Project (formerly ParkinGo Wellness Society).


The Growling Beaver Brevet is a social (non-race) ride to celebrate cycling with 200 cyclists riding 40, 100 or 200 km routes through the scenic Beaver Valley at what is normally the height of the fall colours. The day features Beaver Valley and Georgian Bay communities and merchants that continue to support cyclists through the summer season.