2018 15th Annual

THANK YOU – WE DID IT!!

WE SURPASSED OUR GOAL AND ARE OVER A MILLION STRIKES AGAINST CANCER 

$1,015,000+ for Cancer Research & Care 

 

 

15th Annual Event – June 22-23, 2018 was as wonderful an event as we anticipated it would be. The RACH 3-Pitch Tournament was awesome from Team Registration date, to 3rd party events to raised money before the Tournament weekend, AND finally the Tournament weekend itself – allowing us to RAISE  THE MOST DOLLARS YET FOR CANCER RESEARCH & CARE and surpass our goal of $1,000,000!

Since 2004 we have raised over $1,015,000 and in 2015 we knocked it out of the park for the two Foundations we support!

 $57,467.01 for

PMHF - new logo PMCF

$46,016.96  for

WPSHCF Logo

The Grand Total for 2018 was $103,483.97

 

Special notes:

  • Announcement – the Rotary Club of Parry Sound will be continuing the 3-Pitch Tournament – updates coming soon
  • A gastroscope will be donated to the West Parry Sound Health Centre with the funds raised for WPSHCF – Cancer Care
  • Congratulations Friends with Benefits for winning the Team Incentive prize by raising $11,590!  Your team is guaranteed a spot on the roster for 2019 AND the Rotary Club of Parry Sound will be cover your $300 minimum!
  • Thanks to the 77 individuals that raised money for the Individual Incentive Prizes – 46 participants raised $250+ and won a RACH Baseball shirt AND  31 participants raised $500+ to win the RACH “winners only” sweater. The 77 of you raised over $45,000 – you rock!
  • Thanks for inspirational ideas to raise money for the RACH Fund in 2018 including the family and friends of Doug Cussons that raised close to $1,000 in celebration of Doug’s birthday AND to Andrew Bruemmer of the Friends with Benefits team who spent the weekend getting his hair cut and raising over $750 for the cause!!  
  • 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 2018-2019 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 $100 each) and the lucky winner’s Key opened a Lock Box with the prize inside!  Congratulations to Meagan, Kailey, Ryan O’Neill and Phil Marques for winning this amazing prize and to the other participants in helping us raise $5,000 for RACH Fund!

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 2018 Leafs Ticket winners

OPENING CEREMONIES:

Many inspirational signs were created to remind those attending the Opening Ceremonies about what the RACH Fund stands for and its roots.  Donald Sanderson piped in over 30 sign holders.  Our MC, Jo-Anne Ferguson of Horseshoe Pines Marina then introduced the Spirit Award winner for the 15th Annual Tournament – Lorie O’Neill.  Watch the Spirit Award video by clicking on the photo below.

Photo for spirit award video

Lorie was thanked for her work on the RACH Fund website, e-newsletter, team registration and player enrolment, etc.  As well, Jo-Anne was sure to remind everyone to thank the legions of volunteers that donate their time, energy and joy over the weekend.  Donald then piped the sign holders out.

Those present were reminded of why we were there: “…The heart of this tournament lies in the dream and the legacy of Rachel Ann Ceclia Higgins who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in 2003. To date, the RACH has raised over 950 thousand dollars for brain tumour research and image guided therapeutics at the Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Center, all under the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Irish, Chief of Surgical Oncology at the Princess Margaret.

In late 2017 Dr. Aaron Higgins joined his sister Rachel. Better known as 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 by donating all money raised in the Silent Auction, the Fish Fry, the Beer Tent and the Concession Stand to Cancer Care at the West Parry Sound Health Centre. This year it is hoped that we will raise enough money to purchase a gastroscope.”

Kristin House was then introduced to sing an amazing song, Bright Side, that  she wrote and dedicated to both Rachel and Aaron. With words we can all learn to live by “…Sing at the top of your lungs, dance into the streets, watch lightning fill the sky, plunge into the deep, cross the other side, bless everyone you meet, look them in the eye, take the time to breathe, see the bright side…”

Jo-Anne also shared with everyone that the RACH Fund Committee was passing the torch to the Rotary Club of Parry Sound, headed by David Brunton. Many Rotarians would be on hand during the weekend and she suggested that we shake their hands, welcome them aboard!  As well, Jo-Anne reminded us that the Tournament is about everyone there, “…As usual, 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 – or the first 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…”

A few housekeeping notes were shared about timing for entertainment, purchasing food, silent auction etc.; including the sale of the $100 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.  Finally, a note that Friday night’s band is R U KIDN’ ME and Saturday night’s band is Jeff Young & the Muskoka Roads, and neither should be missed!

Before the singing of Oh Canada and the Opening Pitch, a sign was unveiled to say “1 Million Thanks / 1 Million Strikes” as a thank you to everyone involved!  Many people signed it and it was hanging in the Ritchie Insurance window after the Tournament for all of the community to see.

1 Million Thanks sign

The Parry Sound Singers blessed us with their rendition of an Irish Blessing and led everyone in singing Oh Canada. Then Adam Higgins introduced his sweet daughter Rachel (named after her amazing Aunt) to throw the opening pitch to her Grumpa Tom Higgins to start the beginning of a new era for the RACH Fund and an amazing 15th Annual Tournament.

While the players went out to the fields, the Georgian Jumpers entertained the crowd enjoying their delicious pickerel fish fry.  These kids are unbelievable, and aside from entertaining us, they received the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame for Team on the same day!

2018 Georgian Jumpers Award

 

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!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BALL PLAYERS:

Princess Margaret Division

Winners: Flying High with Angels in the Outfield

RACH Champions

Higgins Division

Winners: Young Bucks

2018 RACH Winners

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:
As in the past years, our Live Entertainment kept the audience dancing the nights away.
Friday night:

R U KID’N ME

Saturday night: 
Jeff Young and the Muskoka Roads Band

AMAZING FIREWORKS:

Saturday Night wrapped up with amazing fireworks display that was absolutely outstanding, thanks to Scott & Debbie Sahanatien!

2017 Fireworks photo