Alomar, Bell, Moseby, Ward White headline HOF fund raiser

Blue Jays’ stars headline Hall of Fame fund raiser
 
By Danny Gallagher

For more than 100 years, the Albany Club in downtown Toronto has survived the test of time.

Not only is it a political club which had a fellow by the name of Sir John A. Macdonald (Kingston, Ont. -- Canada’s first capital), Canada’s first Prime Minister, as one of its founding members, but it has also played host to a number of sports-related events.

For example, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame based in St. Marys, Ont. has held a fund raiser several years in a row at the club located just east of Yonge St. at 91 King St. E.

The hall’s 2015 fund raiser takes place Friday, a noon affair that will feature a Who’s Who of Blue Jays’ celebrities. It’s a not-miss event to be hosted by Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell.

Scheduled to be on hand for the affair are former Blue Jays Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, as well as Blue Jays greats George Bell, Devon White, Lloyd Moseby and Duane Ward. Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and general manager Alex Anthopoulos will also be on hand before the Friday night series opener against the Boston Red Sox. 

“We’re very thankful for the support of the Blue Jays and the Albany Club in making this luncheon happen,’’ said Scott Crawford, the hall of fame’s director of operations.

“This is an important fund raiser for us, as we work toward building our new museum. And speaking from a fan’s perspective, it’s rare to have this many Canadian baseball legends in the same room.’’

The luncheon will begin at noon followed by a meal at 12:30. At 1, a panel discussion will get underway. 

Tickets cost $225 each or a $2,250 for a table of 10. For personal ticket purchases, a portion of the ticket price is eligible for a tax receipt.  A business receipt will be given to corporate ticket buyers.

So get ready for a rare chance to get close with legends you may have never met. And it’s all for a great cause.

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Danny Gallagher

Danny was born in Ted Lindsay's hometown of Renfrew, Ont. but his roots are in nearby Douglas. He played 27 consecutive seasons of top-level amateur baseball in the senior ranks in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec and thrived on organizing events himself, the major one being the highly successful 1983 Canadian senior men's tournament in Sudbury. He began covering the Montreal Expos in 1988 when he joined the Montreal Daily News. Later, he was the Expos beat writer for the Ottawa Sun and Associated Press. He has written four baseball books, including Remembering the Montreal Expos, which he co-authored with Bill Young of Hudson, Que. Gallagher and Young are currently working on a book about the ill-fated 1994 Expos squad. Gallagher can be reached here: dannogallagher@rogers.com