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Laurier Football 2010 Corporate Dinner  

11th annual event raises over $50,000

April 30, 2010

Mike Whitehouse
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON - Wednesday night was the eleventh annual Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner presented by Sun Life Financial. This year’s event raised over $50,000 through the evening’s dinner, silent and live auctions, all of which go towards the Laurier Golden Hawks football program. This year’s event also saw keynote speaker and former CFL great Chuck Ealey address the crowd.

The dinner took place at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel in Waterloo. Approximately 320 guests were in attendance, including alumni, friends and over 25 corporate sponsors.

Ealey is a corporate inspirational speaker who talks about “3 Keys to a Winning Edge” and presently works at Investors Group, a sponsor of Ontario University Athletics. A former football player, he was named the 1972 Canadian Football League Rookie of the Year and Grey Cup MVP with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He also holds the NCAA record for most consecutive wins as a quarterback when he led the University of Toledo through 35 games from 1969 to 1971.

The Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner is a fundraising initiative of the Laurier Golden Hawk Football program. To date, the event has raised over $600,000 for the Golden Hawk football program. The funds are directed into enhancements and support, such as equipment, academic assistance, coaching support and facilities.

Wednesday’s event celebrated the achievements of the 2009 Golden Hawks, but also commemorated all of the Laurier players who have won major CIS awards. Since 1976, when the first Laurier player won a major award, a total of seven Golden Hawks have been honoured.

Those in attendance at the dinner also caught a glimpse of some of the new faces of Laurier Football. A total of 14 of the 25 committed recruits were introduced at the event by Golden Hawk football’s head coach, Gary Jeffries.

Rogers TV will present exclusive coverage of the Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner Sunday, May 2 at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 8 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 9 at 1 p.m. on Cable 20 in the Grand River region.



April 6, 2010

Ari Grossman
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON - Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce the involvement of Sun Life Financial as the title sponsor for the Friends of Football corporate dinner and reception fundraising event.

The 11th annual event will be held Wednesday, April 28 at the Waterloo Inn with the reception and silent auction starting at 5:00 p.m. and the dinner commencing at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at

The Sun Life Financial sponsorship enhances the existing relationship established by football alumnus and Sun Life Financial advisor Peter Izzio, who has been involved with the program since 1986 as a player, coach, donor and now prominent sponsor. The new relationship signed is for five years.

“I’m happy to be helping to give back and establish new relationships to show players a good experience at Laurier,” said Izzio, who graduated in 1990. “Who I am today and much of my success can be attributed to my time as a student-athlete at Laurier.”

Over the course of the event’s history, more than $600,000 has been collected as enhancements and support for the Golden Hawk football program. Examples include additional coaching staff, equipment purchases, and recruiting programs.

“I’m really excited to have Sun Life Financial sign on as a title sponsor for our event,” said Gary Jeffries, manager of football operations and head coach. “This contribution will allow us to continue to compete at the level of excellence we have been accustomed to for decades.”

The evening event has brought together many corporations in Kitchener-Waterloo, alumni and friends to promote and develop Golden Hawk football.

“We really look forward to expanding the corporate community involved in our football program through this event,” said director of athletics and recreation Peter Baxter. “Having a prestigious locally based company such as Sun Life Financial sign on with our team will be invaluable for us going forward.”
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