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Golf Classic Supports Kids Camp

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

by Rebecca Virgin

Thursday, June 29, 2006

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(Toronto) -- More than 25 Maple Leafs Alumni turned out to golf a few holes in order to send underprivileged kids to Camp Maple Leaf.

The 2006 edition of the Bell Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Golf Classic took place at King Valley Golf Club on Thursday and the likes of Wendel Clark, Rick Vaive, Bob Baun and Pierre Pilote were all in attendance.

Jeff Jackson lets one fly.

"It's just so much fun to be here with the group of guys, a nice group of business people so if we could do this everyday of our lives it would be pretty special," said Baun.  "Now we're getting some of the younger guys coming out so that's fun.  For a long time we weren't able to get them to come but I think their seeing the light, they get old too, I don't like the word old, but they become alumni whether they like it or not."

And even though golfing makes for a "tough" day, the alumni don't seem to mind because they're helping to raise $100,000 for Camp Maple Leaf.

"Camp Maple Leaf is on a 104 acre island in the Kawartha's and it's a camp that provides a number of different services, one of them being for kids that wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to go to camp," said Jennifer Millard, Leafs Fund manager.  "It's a cause that the alumni and the Leafs Fund have been supporting for three years now through this tournament so it's something that we're really excited to continue to be involved with."

Jeff Jackson, who is now director of hockey administration is still an alumnus and couldn't agree more.

"Through my involvement with the alumni I know about Camp Maple Leaf and it's a great thing that they're supporting and you know rebuilding the buildings and the infrastructure that's great," said Jackson.  "It's one of those things that's kind of under the radar and it turns a lot of kids lives around."

Not only does the beautiful golf course attract the large group of alumni and the corporate teams that play with them, there's always good food, and fun games.

"The Leaf Alumni tournament is always a lot of fun and I'm playing with some great guys here today," said Bob McGill.  "We're certainly enjoying ourselves and I wish we could make a few more birdies but it's always a great day."

In the end the numbers on the score sheets didn't matter, just the number of kids that will benefit from the even.

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