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Leafs To Donate $5,000 To Food Banks In Ottawa, Toronto

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
March 19, 2004-- The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that they will donate $5,000 to the Ottawa Food Bank and to Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank. The contribution supports the efforts of the Ottawa city council to solicit donations for the Ottawa Food Bank from the thousands of Leafs fans who will be wearing their team's colours while attending the April 3 game between the Leafs and Ottawa Senators.

"We look forward to Leafs fans filling the Corel Centre wearing their blue and white jerseys and supporting their favourite team," said John Lashway, vice president of communications and community development for the Toronto Maple Leafs. "The Leafs are strongly committed to giving back to the community and have been a long-time supporter of the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto. It's great to see the Ottawa city council getting involved in its community in this manner. Our organization looks forward to joining with our fans to support those efforts."

The Leafs organization is challenging the Ottawa Senators to meet or exceed their financial donation to the food banks in Toronto and Ottawa.

Earlier this season, the Leafs held a successful drive for canned food and donations to support the work of the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank. The club has no plans to enact a canned food admittance tax, like that imposed in Ottawa, upon supporters of visiting clubs wearing team colours at Air Canada Centre, citing hockey fans' rights to express loyalty to their favourite team.

"This story has certainly generated a lot of excitement, but the best part is that it has drawn attention to a very worthy cause and the need for non-perishable food donations," Lashway added. "It's a win-win situation for the people in both Ottawa and Toronto who benefit from the outstanding work of the food banks in those communities."
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