Baseball Canada's awards banquet and fundraiser set for Saturday

 Baseball Canada's 16th annual awards banquet and fundraiser will take place on Saturday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Baseball Canada's 16th annual awards banquet and fundraiser will take place on Saturday. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Baseball Canada will host some of its most distinguished alumni, corporate partners and friends at the Northern Lights Ballroom inside the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel this Saturday for the annual National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser that’s celebrating its 16th year.

The evening serves as a very important fundraising source for Baseball Canada's Junior (18U) and Senior National Teams and will be emceed by Mike Wilner - host of The Blue Jays Talk on Sportsnet 590 THE FAN.

Baseball Canada will present awards to alumni Andrew Albers (Stubby Clapp Award), Landon Leach (Special Recognition Award), Noah Naylor (Junior National Team MVP) and Denzel Clarke (Canadian Futures Award), while Mike Soroka (Special Achievement Award) and Josh Naylor (Alumni Award) will also be recognized.

In addition to the award winners, National Team alumni slated to attend include Rob Butler, Jeff Francis, Jim Henderson, Mike Johnson, Bachelor Canada star Chris Leroux, Scott Mathieson, Dustin Molleken, Gareth Morgan, Tyler O’Neill, Pete Orr, Grey Cup champion Jimmy Ralph, Scott Richmond, Rene Tosoni and Andy Yerzy.

Longtime National Team manager Ernie Whitt will be in attendance along with former National Team coach and current Toronto Blue Jays first base coach Tim Leiper.

Baseball Canada is also pleased to welcome Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro.

In addition to the awards presentation, cocktail hour and formal dinner, the evening will feature an extensive auction of sports memorabilia and sporting event packages.

There will be a pre-banquet press conference beginning at 3:30pm E.T. in the Aurora Room of the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel at Rogers Centre (Aurora Room is adjacent to the Northern Lights Ballroom).

For more information concerning the banquet, please contact Greg Hamilton, coach and director of National Teams, via e-mail at

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.