The Milton Chamber of Commerce hosted some high voltage stars at their annual Sports’ Celebrity Dinner fundraiser February 4. The 2020 lineup included Team Canada alum Tessa Bonhomme, former NHL Player Eric Lindros, Raptors’ broadcaster Jack Armstrong, and Raptors’ alum point guard Alvin Williams. Proceeds went to the Scholarship program.
The Scholarship fund began in 1990. The Chamber offers one $1000 scholarship to a graduating student from each Milton high school continuing on to postsecondary education, as well as one for a high school student continuing to an apprenticeship program.
Teresa Fujarczuk was a former chair of the Chamber, and came out to support the cause. She hosted broadcaster Jack Armstrong at her table. “It really keeps them on the straight and narrow. It gets them in with a good group of people. I think they learn a lot about themselves, and about working in a team,” she said. The deadline for 2019 applications is April 3, 2020.
Jack Armstrong had a coaching career with Niagara University before joining the Raptors as a Basketball analyst in the year 2000. As a coach he tried to impress upon his players that school matters. “That’s the cornerstone, that’s the foundation of your life.” He continued about the Sports’ Celebrity Dinner “To me, a dinner like tonight represents that where we’re giving opportunities to kids to further advance themselves academically,” he said. He came up with his signature call “hellooo” as a way of expressing how impressed he is with the plays in front of him. The Raptors sit at 42 wins and 15 losses so far this season; the third best record in the NBA.
Alvin Williams played point guard for 8 years with the Raptors. Sport played a big role in his life growing up. “It was everything. A way to engage with my friends, and have a good time, release some energy.” It’s w here he developed friendships, and “a good foundation,” he said. Williams sees sport as giving a lot of opportunities. “Whether you’re on the playing field or you’re behind the scenes. You can still have a lot of opportunities. Williams currently works as an NBA analyst with Sportsnet. For more information on the scholarship fund visit the Milton Chamber of Commerce’s website: www.miltonchamber.ca.