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Darts tournament hits the mark as Bradford air cadets fundraiser

The Bradford West Gwillimbury branch of the Royal Canadian Legion hosts another Frank Lotto Memorial Darts Tournament, with proceeds going to the new air cadet squadron and other local causes

The Frank Lotto Memorial Dart Tournament drew players from across the region to the Bradford legion, Orville Hand Branch, for a day of darts, food and prizes  this week. 

Named for past president Frank Lotto, who passed away suddenly in 2013, the tournament is a fundraiser for the legion and local causes. This year the Feb. 10 tourney, which attracted 58 players, raised funds for Bradford’s new air cadet squadron, with 50 per cent of proceeds going to the cadets.

“Frank always brought the legion out and into the community and to our veterans,” said Legion President Mike Giovanetti. “This is a great memorial to him, and I’m proud this carries on.”

Giovanetti added: “This tournament also brings members out to support a great cause – our new air cadet squadron. The monies raised will help the cadets grow in our community.”

Winners of the 2019 tournament were Kevin Gallaugher and Shelly Christadler. Tourney organizer Julien Dressler said the annual event “raised over $800 for the cadets… We do our best!”

The Bradford legion plays a pivotal role in the community, not only providing support and assistance to veterans and their families, but also supporting youth, the local food bank, and other charities.

The hall at 115 Back St. provides a venue for family and community events, as well as a meeting place for organizations that include Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS), which hosts a weekly wellness program.

Legion events are all about bringing the community together, from euchre parties, to the Friday Night Social Dinners, which provide a hot meal at a nominal cost, and karaoke nights on the first, third and fifth Fridays of the month.

It’s all about combining fun with fundraising for the community.

Coming up at the legion:

Back to the 80s Dance, Feb. 23. Tickets are $15 per person for an evening of 80s music, door prize, prize for best 80s costume, and food. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the legion, 115 Back St., or call 905-775-5025.

St. Patty’s Day Party. The Legion hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 16, featuring live music with Ribbi’s Rock Slide, sandwiches and snacks, and a prize for the best green outfit. Cost is $10 per person with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the food bank. Tickets available at the legion, or call 905-775-5025, starting Feb. 24.

Jigg’s Dinner and Newfie Dance – a real Down East tradition. March 30 at the legion, with dinner at 7 p.m. East Coast meal, followed by music by Caribou Country. Cost is $20 a plate. Tickets available starting Feb. 24 at the legion or call 905-775-5025.

Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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