The Toronto Star published its Caregiver SOS column on April 3, written by Baycrest Occupational Therapist Nira Rittenberg, titled “Finding the proper care is full of difficult decisions.”
NHL Alumni Roster Revealed for Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s™ in Support of Baycrest North America’s largest charity hockey tournament welcomes legends Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler, Darcy Tucker and many more to its line up
TORONTO – March 28, 2017 – This May, hundreds of Toronto’s biggest hockey fans will get the chance to skate with legends of the game while supporting research into Alzheimer’s. Today the Baycrest Foundation announced the NHL Alumni roster for the 12th Annual Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s™ – and it’s filled with some of the sport’s biggest names, including Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler and Darcy Tucker.
“What sets this tournament apart from others is the full breadth of the participant experience,” said Josh Cooper, President and CEO, of the Baycrest Foundation. “This is not just a quick meet-and-greet with hockey legends, but a full weekend of face time, both on and off the ice. Combined with the good work that comes from their fundraising efforts, the tournament provides a priceless experience for everyone involved.”
The Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s™ in support of Baycrest is the largest on-ice fundraising hockey tournament in North America. The tournament, taking place at Scotiabank Pond on May 5 th and 6th, 2017, allows fans to team up with some of hockey’s greatest players to raise money for Baycrest Health Sciences, a leader in care, research and education for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and home to one of the world’s top neurocognitive research centres – the Rotman Research Institute. A pre-tournament Draft Night takes place May 4th at the Liberty Grand. At this private VIP event top fundraising teams get to draft their NHL Alumni teammates and rub elbows with their favourite players.
For the first time since the tournament began, the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s™ in Support of Baycrest is offering two fundraising levels: “Pro Team”, with a minimum goal of $15,000, and “Legends Team”, with a goal of $25,000+, making the event even more accessible to fans of Canada’s game. For players looking to join an existing team, the “Free Agent” level sets a goal of $1,000 for a single player.
“We want hockey fans and players across the Greater Toronto Area to know that anyone can play,” added Cooper. “All skill levels are welcome and the fundraising minimums are achievable. In fact, most of our teams far exceed their goals due to their enthusiasm and the support of the community for this cause. The more money a team raises, the higher their pick in the draft, so that is a large driver for fundraising.”
This life-changing event has raised more than $30 million since its inception in 2004.
“Scotiabank has a long history of supporting hockey in Canada, and we are thrilled to be the title sponsor of the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s,” said Ajay Mundkur, Senior Vice President, Toronto Region at Scotiabank. “At Scotiabank, we believe that everyone needs a team. As a proud teammate of Baycrest and the NHL Alumni, Scotiabank is honoured to bring the hockey community together for an unforgettable experience in support of a great cause.”
To register to play, donate or request information about the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s visit www.baycrestproam.ca
Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s in Support of Baycrest – Current NHL Alumni Roster 2017
Wendel Clark, Darryl Sittler, Darcy Tucker, Paul Coffey, Dimitri Mironov, Tom Fergus, Wayne Primeau, Bryan Muir, Mike Krushelnyski, Al Iafrate, Mark Napier, Dennis Maruk, Dan Daoust, Dave McLlwain, Craig Muni, Pat Boutette, John Scott.
ABOUT BAYCREST FOUNDATION:
The Baycrest Foundation supports programs and services that promote excellence in care, research, innovation and education in aging and brain health. As the charitable arm of Baycrest Health Sciences, the Foundation provides crucial funding for areas such as: ongoing programs and a continuum of care services for our community; innovative research into cognition, dementia and brain health; and local, national, and international education that supports healthy living for a growing population. For more information or to donate, visit www.baycrest.org/give
ABOUT BAYCREST HEALTH SCIENCES:
Baycrest Health Sciences is a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest provides excellent care for older adults combined with an extensive clinical training program for the next generation of healthcare professionals and one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience, the Rotman Research Institute. Baycrest is home to the federally and provincially-funded Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, a solution accelerator focused on driving innovation in the aging and brain health sector, and is the developer of Cogniciti – a free online memory assessment for Canadians 40+ who are concerned about their memory. Through its dedicated centres, the organization offers unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity. Founded in 1918 as the Jewish Home for Aged, Baycrest continues to embrace the long-standing tradition of all great Jewish healthcare institutions to improve the well-being of people in their local communities and around the globe. For more information please visit: www.baycrest.org
Toronto-based NHL sportswriter James Mirtle wrote a March 27 profile on NHL Alumnus John Scott for The Athletic. The article focuses in part on Scott’s participation in the 2017 Baycrest Pro-Am, and why he chose to be a part of it this year.
A March 27 report in The Daily News of Newburyportfeatures the Cogniciti Brain Health Assessment. The Baycrest-validated online brain health tool is being looked at in the state of Massachussets by the West Newbury Council on Aging.
A March 22 post on the popular Listen To Lena blog – written by writer and social influencer Lena Almeida – featured the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s in Support of Baycrest. Ms. Almeida discusses the Baycrest Foundation’s annual charity hockey tournament.