by: Rebecca Virgin
Monday, February 12, 2007
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Couples around the world will celebrate Valentine's Day this week, and the Maple Leafs are no different. For the fourteenth year in a row the Leafs and their wives and partners served up dinner for more than 280 people at the Have A Heart dinner in support of the Leafs Fund.
More than $155,000 was raised at the dinner, which took place at Alice Fazooli's! Italian Grill through a per/plate fee, as well as the silent auction that featured over 125 items and team signed aprons being auctioned off. The whole team including coaches and general manager John Ferguson were on hand to act as the wait staff for the evening.
The unique dinner is always a hit, gives fans a chance to get up close and personal with the players and team staff as the players casually move about the room chatting with as many people as they can, while occasionally remembering that they are supposed to be serving dinner. The wives and partners were a little bit more on the ball when it came to the service. Many of the players joking that waiting tables was much harder than a Paul Maurice practice session.
The Leafs Fund provides funding to organizations across Ontario that gives needy children sports and recreation opportunities.
Everyone left the event happy without dinner in their lap, so successful is certainly a word that can be used to describe it