Special Tribute to Legendary Toronto Blue Jays Broadcaster Jerry Howarth
Toronto, ON, January 23, 2019 — The 68th annual Rogers Conn Smythe Sports Celebrities Dinner and Auction presented by Bruce Power and the Provincial Building, and Construction Trades Council of Ontario takes place on Wednesday, February 6 at The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto.
More than 700 guests are expected to attend an entertaining evening filled with sports celebrities, a delectable dinner and extensive live and silent auctions.
This event also introduces the Provincial Easter Seals Ambassadors for the year, two youth who are selected to represent kids with physical disabilities across Ontario.
This year’s dinner will honour legendary sports broadcaster Jerry Howarth with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented by previous winner Paul Beeston, president emeritus of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Also at the head table will be Olympic and world champion ice dancer Tessa Virtue, Maple Leafs legend Dave Keon, recently retired Canadian tennis star Daniel Nestor, former Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons, former Toronto Maple Leaf goalie Curtis Joseph, four-time gold medalist in women’s hockey Jayna Hefford, two-time hockey gold medalist Sami Jo Small and sledge hockey/wheelchair basketball star Billy Bridges.
We are pleased that Sportsnet’s Ken Reid and Evanka Osmak will be our joint emcees for the event. Christine Simpson from Sportsnet and Gord Stellick from 590 The FAN will once again interview our head table celebrities.
“The committee has put together an exceptional line-up of head table guests for the 2019 Rogers Conn Smythe Sports Celebrities Dinner & Auction,” said Scott Morrison, Chair of the Dinner Committee. “It’s going to be an exciting evening, and most importantly it’s going to give kids with physical disabilities the chance to make magical memories at Easter Seals camps.”
“Sports journalists have been outstanding supporters of Easter Seals Ontario through the Rogers Conn Smythe Dinner & Auction for the past 68 years,” said Kevin Collins, President & CEO of Easter Seals Ontario. “Their dedication and commitment have enabled thousands of kids with physical disabilities to explore their boundaries and try things they never thought possible. Their support has truly made a meaningful change for so many kids, and we can’t thank them enough.”
Through the support of its donors, Easter Seals Ontario offers programs and services that enable kids with physical disabilities to focus on what they can do rather than on their limitations. Programs include funding for essential accessibility and mobility equipment, and fully accessible summer camp opportunities at its two properties, Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden.
Easter Seals Ontario
416-421-8377 ext. 368