The 2004 Special Olympics Sports Celebrities Festival at Westin Harbour Castle’s Metropolitan Ballroom proved once again to be an overwhelming success. The annual charity dinner brought in $400-per-plate along with a host of local sports celebrities – and Toronto’s cutest sports writer was fortunate enough to attend last Wednesday night.
Knowing that the busy ex-Blue Jay Carlos Delgado probably didn’t catch Wednesday’s Torontoist sports post, I was pleased to be able to reiterate the thanks, praise and joy that we offered him. The future New York Yankee was touched by our heartfelt words.
Argonaut coach and charity superhero Mike Clemons was also in full effect, bringing the Grey Cup along to the event. With Pinball and his wife walking hand-in-hand though, the trophy was left feeling like an uncomfortable third wheel.
Others out to support the cause included Maple Leaf GM John Ferguson Jr., Olympic Medallist’s Bruny Surin, Susan Auch and Curt Harnett, WWE Superstar Adam Copeland (a.k.a. Edge) and countless other dedicated Canadian athletic heroes.
In the “Crush of the Moment” news, yours truly fell head over heels for Canadian Soccer star Kara Lang. The Oakville teen (age of majority of course) was one of many Canadian Athlete’s on hand to lend support to our Special Olympians traveling to Nagano, Japan this coming February. Lang will no doubt have a bright future in Canadian sports, and it goes without saying that this adorable sports writer will be there every step of the way to cover it.
Overall, it was a great cause, a great evening, and, as usual, I looked great. Donations to help the Canadian Special Olympic Team reach Japan can be made here.