On March 6th, 2019, we were honoured to host alongside Norman Powell and Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto (BBBST) for the first, “Norman Powell’s Basketbowl” charity fundraiser. The Toronto Raptor laced up his bowling shoes to advocate for mentorship in the GTA and defend kids whose potential is at risk.
The special event was held on our first floor that featured our 9 lanes, two bars, cocktail style seating, passed hors d’oeuvres, a pop-up shop for Powell’s UTG clothing brand, a picture wall, bubble hockey, and silent auction loaded with sports tickets, memorabilia, and more! Our bowling lanes were open to sponsorship and included an extra celebrity teammate that could help you with your throwing accuracy… such as Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Jeremy Lin, Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, OG Anunoby, Malcolm Miller, and Kia Nurse.
The high-spirited energy was truly undeniable with residents of Toronto, local businesses, BBBST Littles and Bigs, the star-studded athletes, and even a visit from our mayor, John Tory, all coming together to celebrate and raise awareness for a vital cause. The Ballroom and our staff were proud not only to witness, but to be apart of such strong community unity.
The night ended in success, raising over $55,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. We can’t wait for next year, as we look forward to reaching new goals and exposing more potential within Toronto’s youth. Keep an eye out for “2nd Year” tickets and other charitable events held at our venue, to show your support, join the conversation, and (of course) have a ball…
Check out some of the night’s highlights below:
Photos on behalf of the Toronto Raptors
“It really means a lot to be able to talk to & help these kids in Toronto, it’s like my home away from home.” – Norman Powell
Potential lives within every kid, yet over 5,000 of Toronto’s youth don’t have someone in their corner. BBBST, matches volunteer Bigs with youths who need an extra positive adult role model to help and encourage their capabilities. If you’d like to help, or know someone who would, please visit BBBST for ways to give back.
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