The Second annual charity Ping-Pong event - Smashfest! - took place last week in Toronto with 25 current and former NHL players participating
If you remember from last year, the inaugural Smashfest! (hosted by New York Rangers Forward, Dominic Moore) raised over $20,000 for charity. Well, this year Smashfest! was an even huger success, raising over $100,000, which will go towards concussion research through various brain-injury/concussion foundations, as well as research and advocacy for rare cancers through the Katie Moore Foundation, which was established in 2013 after the passing of Dominic Moore’s wife, Katie.
For the second annual Smashfest! event, 25 current and former NHL players – including Steve Montador, Martin St. Louis, Phil Kessel, David Clarkson, Logan Couture, George Parros, Stephane Veilleux, Matt Stajan, Joel Ward, T.J. Galiardi and Jeff Skinner – came together with fans and ping-pong enthusiasts alike for some fun while raising awareness and much needed research funds for rare cancers and concussions.
While not in attendance, Blackhawks Captain, Jonathan Toews joined in with the charitable actions by donating an autographed jersey which was a high-demand item among bidders at the live auction held during the event.
“Smashfest 2013 was an epic night. I truly am proud and grateful that this year’s event raised over $100,000...I would like to thank my fellow players, sponsors, NHLPA staff, and all our guests for an amazing evening,” said Moore.
For more information on Smashfest! or to donate to the Katie Moore Foundation, please visit smashfest.ca