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Maple Leafs Host Holiday Dinner at Air Canada Centre

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted a Holiday Dinner in partnership with Second Harvest and Salvation Army for close to 900 guests from over 30 Toronto area shelters & agencies. Several Maple Leafs’ executives and employees helped serve the dinner including Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President and C.O.O., Tom Anselmi, Maple Leafs President and General Manager, Brian Burke, Vice-President of Hockey Operations, Dave Poulin, and Head Coach, Randy Carlyle. MLSE Executive Chef Chris Zielinski and 18 people from the food and beverage staff spent the previous two days preparing the meal. The Holiday Dinner was hosted at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

“We are all very fortunate to live in the great city of Toronto,” said Brian Burke. “It’s important, especially at this time of the year, to assist those that need it the most. We hope that, in this small way, we were able to offer a helping hand by opening our Air Canada Centre doors and providing a special Holiday Dinner. The Maple Leafs would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Second Harvest and the Salvation Army, as well as the long list of generous corporate donors that helped make this event possible.”

Leftover food from Tuesday’s Holiday Dinner was collected by Second Harvest and donated to Good Shepherd Ministries. Every day Second Harvest rescues excess food, including from Air Canada Centre, and delivers it to more than 200 Toronto social service agencies with a wide variety of people in need. In 2011-12, Second Harvest delivered over 7.2 million pounds of donated food to agencies in Toronto.

Many of the Salvation Army shelters from across Toronto attended the Holiday Dinner. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is currently participating in the Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign, which raises funds for the Community and Services programs year round.

The Toronto Maple Leafs would like to thank Teamsters Local Union 847 and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 333 for donating their time and efforts to the inaugural Holiday Dinner.

Special thanks to our donors:
AJ Lanzarotta Wholesale
Chairman Mills
EarthFresh Foods   
Gay Lea
JL International
Maple Leaf Foods
Starr Alliance
Sysco Central Ontario
Sysco FreshPoint Produce
Tim Hortons

Participating Agencies:
Chris Penrose
Covenant House
Daily Bread Food Bank and its agencies
Eva’s Phoenix
Evangel Hall Mission
Fort York Food Bank
Fred Victor
Holiday Helpers
Hospice Toronto
John Innes
Kids Up Front
Leafs Hockey in the Neighbourhood
Massey Centre
North York Harvest Food Bank and its agencies
PARC (Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre)
Parkdale Food Bank
Project Esperane
Red Door Shelter
Right To Play
St. Felix Centre
St. Nicholas of Bari
Salvation Army Locations from Across Toronto
Second Harvest
Street Connection
Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office
Toronto Police
University Settlement
Waabanong Aboriginal Head Start
YMCA – Youth Drop –In
Yonge Street Mission

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