The Sixth Annual Smashfest! a Success in Raising Critical Funds for Concussion and Rare Cancer
Amidst the myriad of charity golf tournaments, Smashfest has risen in the ranks as a charity - and even a social go-to - event which NHL players and the general population look forward to every summer. We have attended 4 out of the 6 annual Smashfest events and can say without a doubt, this event is more lit than ever!
What it is: A charity ping pong tournament with both indoor and outdoor tables (key on a gorgeous summer night) - created by former New York Ranger, Dominic Moore, who now plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Where does the money come from? Tickets go on sale every spring with proceeds going to the Broad Institute (a research lab associated with MIT and Harvard University that specializes in rare cancer research), as well as The Katie Moore Foundation for rare cancers and The Steve Moore Foundation, dedicated to Dominic’s brother Steve, who suffered a career-ending concussion in March 2004. A silent auction with autographed memorabilia also takes place throughout the night and generates a good portion of incremental funds for these vital causes.
Over $500,000 raised since 2012 to benefit concussion and rare cancer research.
How it works: Squad goals become a reality as 25 players from the NHL are paired with fans to square-off in the ultimate ping pong tournament. The feel-goodery is complemented by the prime location of the venue which boasts a glorious view of the city. Bonus: You can get some sick shots of yourself spinning with your favourite player with the CN Tower as your backdrop. Profile photo/bragging material.
The important bit: Aside from being an immensely good time, this event serves as a great reminder that giving back is crucial. Concussion research is especially important in the hockey community with pinnacle players often being sidelined - and in more serious situations, having their careers ended due to the fact that adequate concussion treatment is not available.
Dominic Moore and the NHLPA have once again proven that you can work and play at the same time.
Check out the gallery for photos from last night's event!
For more information on Smashfest! please visit http://www.smashfest.ca.