Dearest dearly dear dear,
The 9th edition of Five-Hole Sam’s Street-Hockey Jamboree is approaching at breakneck speed. And this year I’ve been instructed that, for the sake of simplicity, the event should now be referred to by its shortened name– Sam Jam. So in other words, SAM JAM 9 is nearly upon us.
Photo: © Justin guzzo Desforges 2012 (with Evan Frankel, LIT Director '12)
For those of you who are new to this, Sam Jam is a sincerely sensational fundraising event, held in memory of my brother Sam, who was once a revered amateur street-hockey goaltender. The event includes a rousing road-hockey tournament, corn and sausage roast, t-shirts, raffle prizes, and every other inch of fun you can squeeze in a single afternoon.
This year’s antics will unfold on SATURDAY, AUGUST 25th
, between 1 and 6pm, at our usual spot on the South side of Royal West Academy, in Montreal West (map here
And all for a good cause. Every penny raised goes to the YMCA Sam Lazarus Fund, which gives underprivileged kids the opportunity to escape the city each summer, and spend a couple of sun-soaked weeks on the magical grounds of Camp Kanawana. In the 8 years since the fund was initiated, nearly $160,000 has been raised, and more than 50 children have been sponsored.
Sam would be proud. Nearly every summer of his life, he too would cut his teeth in the woods of Kanawana– first as a camper, and later as a counselor. It was there that his passion for working with children was discovered- a passion that would eventually take him to Kumasi, Ghana. Sadly, Sam contracted malaria on that trip, and died in hospital a few days later. He was 25.
Thankfully, out of that loss has come so much giving. Your generosity really does make a difference. This summer alone, the fund was able to send 10 children to camp. Next summer, hopefully more.
Please support us in any way you can– whether by coming out to the Jamboree (we guarantee a good time), or by donating directly to the fund, which you can do HERE
Thanks, as always…