2017 14th Annual

We knocked it out of the park in 2017!

14th Annual Event – June 16-17, 2017 was an amazing weekend.  The RACH 3-Pitch Tournament not only had a record time in filling our team roster, WE RAISED THE MOST DOLLARS YET FOR CANCER RESEARCH & CARE!

 

 $53,747.80 for

PMHF - new logo PMCF

 

$44,734.40  for

WPSHCF Logo

RACH Fund & WPSHCF Donation photo

*Note finally tally $44,734.40 as of Feb.2018*

Please read Aaron’s inspiration for broadening our impact to Cancer Care in Parry Sound

$4,211.80 for

GEORGIA’S TRUST FUND

Please read our inspiration for donating the Concession proceeds for Aaron’s daughter.

 

The Grand Total for 2017 was $102,694.00

 

Special notes from 2016:

  • A colonoscope was donated to the West Parry Sound Health Centre 
  • Congratulations Friends with Benefits for winning the Team Incentive prize by raising $9,040!  Your team is guaranteed a spot on the roster for 2018 AND the Committee will be cover your $300 minimum!
  • Thanks to the 67 individuals that raised money for the Individual Incentive Prizes – 40 participants raised $250+ and won a RACH Baseball shirt AND  27 participants raised $500+ to win the RACH “winners only” sweater. The 67 of you raised almost $39,000 – you rock!

2017 RACH Baseball shirt

2017 RACH Hoody

 

  • To all the many teams that raised over the $200 Minimum – our many thanks!
  • 4 platinum Maple Leafs tickets (for one of four weekday games for the 2017-2018 season) valued at approximately $1,200, were generously donated by Kirby and Clayton Hall of Hall Construction! There was a 1 in 100 chance of winning these amazing tickets (100 Keys for $50 each) and the lucky winner’s Key opened a Lock Box with the prize inside!  Congratulations to Ryan Morgan for winning this amazing prize and to the 99 other participants in helping us raise $5,000 for RACH Fund!!
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OPENING CEREMONIES:

Jo-Anne Ferguson of Horseshoe Pines Marina was our MC once again this year and she started with a warm welcome and reminded us of why we were all gathered.

The heart of this tournament lies in the dream and the legacy of Rachel Ann Cecelia Higgins who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in 2003, and the community rallied around her and her family. In turn, Rachel, her family, and a league of very dedicated individuals channeled that enthusiasm and support into this tournament. To date, the RACH has raised over $800,000 for brain tumour research and image guided therapeutics (GTx) at the Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Center, all under the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Irish, Chief of Surgical Oncology at the Princess Margaret.

But this year is different. As you all know, we lost another RACH hero. Dr. Aaron Higgins joined his sister Rachel in December of last year. Aaron was a husband to Jennifer, a father to Georgia. He was a son, uncle, brother and friend to anyone he met. He was a drummer, a goalie, a snowboarder. He was Goose. He had an incredible zest for life. And he never gave up. His ability to maintain his focus on dispensing care to his community THIS community, while himself receiving care, gives us inspiration to carry on and try, in some way, to give back to this community.

Soooo….this weekend is also about all of you that are here with us. It’s about coming home. Seeing people you haven’t perhaps seen since the last tournament. And it’s about your journeys and your struggles. Cancer has touched all of us in one way or another. So with that in mind, we’d like to have a moment of silence, offer up a prayer or just think good thoughts of what this weekend holds in store…

Jo-Anne shared the exciting news that, as per Dr. Aaron Higgins’ wishes, all money raised this weekend in the Silent Auction, the Fish Fry and the Beer Tent would be donated to Cancer Care at the West Parry Sound Health Centre. Also, that all money raised at the concession stand will be donated to the Georgia Trust Fund. Georgia is Aaaron and Jennifer’s beautiful daughter, thank you to the generous donations from community members who covered all Concession Stand expenses.

There was a shout-out to our amazing fundraisers including Mike Dunn of the Friends with Benefits team, who raised over $4,000 on his own and also Nick Volpe of The Shockers team who raised $2,500, with a goal to have his hair cut and donating his hair to Head for the Cure!   Jo-Anne noted that Nick would be having his hair cut right after the Opening Ceremonies by Tracy Konoval from Shear Perfection in Parry Sound.

A few housekeeping notes were shared about timing for entertainment, purchasing food, silent auction etc.; including the sale of the $50 tickets for the Leafs tickets! Also, a big thank you to the many many businesses and individuals in our community who generously support the RACH year after year. A request to all in attendance to consider frequenting their establishments or purchasing their services whenever you can as a thank you and a reminder that this event would not be possible without the legions of volunteers that donate their time, their energy, and their joy.  Finally, a note that Tonight’s band is Trilogy…tomorrow night Jeff Young & the Muskoka Roads, and neither should be missed!

Mackenzie Ritchie was introduced and sang a few favourite songs. A tribute to Aaron and a pleasure to listen to!

Trish Hewson then led the crowd in seeing Oh Canada and then our opening pitch was thrown by Sam Gardner to his Mom Alison, in honour of his Dad, Keith who passed in March, 2016.

While the players went out to the fields, and after Nick’s hair was cut, the Georgian Jumpers entertained the crowd enjoying their delicious pickerel fish fry.  These kids are unbelievable, and a little side note – The Junior Jumpers set a National record in their double dutch event.

 

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:

We had fun PLAYING BALL, enjoying an AMAZING FISH FRY DINNER during OPENING CEREMONIES, winning items at the SILENT AUCTION, enjoying the LIVE ENTERTAINMENT and BEER TENT, eating tasty treats at the CONCESSION…all the while RAISING THE MOST MONEY WE HAVE EVER RAISED FOR THE RACH FUND!!

 
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:
As in the past years, our Live Entertainment kept the audience dancing the nights away.
Friday night:
Trilogy Live
Trilogy
Saturday night: 
Jeff Young and the Muskoka Roads Band