THORNHILL, Ont. – Curling and charity were the big winners on February 26, 2011 as Thornhill Country Club played host to the 20th anniversary edition of The Dominion Spinal Tap Charity Bonspiel.
The 24-team, single-day event raised a remarkable $60,000 for Shoot For A Cure, the official fundraising campaign of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization. SFAC and its various sport divisions are dedicated to funding spinal cord injury research and SFAC Curling also aims to promote and increase awareness of (and participation in) wheelchair curling, the world’s fastest-growing Paralympic winter sport.
The epic 20th anniversary event pushed the total amount of monies raised to over $400,000.
The 100 bonspiel participants enjoyed two six-end games of curling, followed by a dinner and dance. Thousands of dollars in prizes were provided from sponsors including The Dominion, Capital One, Peer 1, FMT, VIA Rail, Wellington Brewery and more.
To read a full story on the 20th anniversary The Dominion Spinal Tap, click here.
Once again, the 21st annual event scheduled for February 25, 2012 is already SOLD OUT… but do contact Ryan Durham at the information below to be placed on the waiting list.
For those interested in playing with a celebrity curler, the cost is $1,000 (regular team entries are $360). The event is able to recruit up to 10-12 celebrities so contact Ryan to indicate your interest.
As usual, non-curlers or novices are welcome to participate and/or attend the dinner/dance (tickets are available) as well as partake in the silent and live auctions… and there is no admission fee watch the event, although a dress code is in effect (no jeans please) and a donation to SFAC is always appreciated.
Ryan Durham • 905-887-9402 •
BONSPIEL GUIDE Hold your own curling bonspiel!
This is a promising era in the realm of spinal injuries. We realize that discovering a cure is not a matter of IF but merely WHEN. As we come closer to finding a cure for paralysis we invite you to join our team and help us to achieve our goals. One of the ways you can get involved immediately is by planning your own fundraiser, benefiting SFAC. You can host your own SFAC bonspiel in your community, or turn your existing bonspiel into a SFAC Curling fundraiser. There are many ways you can help raise funds at an event, it could be as simple as selling raffle tickets, or a running a silent/live auction.
If you are interested in organizing your own SFAC bonspiel, or want to turn your existing bonspiel into a SFAC Curling fundraiser, the following resources will be provided to you by the SFAC campaign:
prize request letters on SFAC letterhead
pledge forms for participants
tax receipts for sponsorship/donations
some raffle prizes
silent/live auction items
bonspiel announcement in The Curling News
bonspiel announcement on Shoot For A Cure Curling web site
thank you letters
For more information on organizing your own Shoot For A Cure bonspiel, please contact Ryan Durham at 1-800-361-4004 or