Belleville — Andrew Shaw’s recent visit to the Quinte region with the most storied trophy in all of sport was a big thrill for thousands of local hockey fans. But Shaw’s day with the Stanley Cup not only celebrated the accomplishments of a local hockey product, it also made a significant contribution to three local charities.
The Chicgao Blackhawks forward and Quinte Red Devils Alumnus helped raise more than $6,500 with the help of his family, many volunteers and the Quinte community. The recipients of the good will were the United Way, Quinte Red Devils Benevolent Fund (helping less fortunate kids afford to play the top level of hockey) and the BJ Ketcheson Trust Fund (QRD/OHL alumni fighting lung cancer and brain tumors).
One of the Cup stops on July 18 was at fund-raising barbecue at International Truckload Services, owned by the Haggarty family and where Shaw himself (in previous summers) along with his mother Darlene are employed. Personally autographed Andrew Shaw photos were also sold throughout the day at ITS, the National Airforce Museum of Canada at CFB Trenton and the Belleville Memorial Arena with help from a couple current Quinte Minor Atom Red Devils, Nathan Woods and Connor Hunt.
Added fund raising spin off from the day was also helped by generous donations by International Truckload Services ($1000), Quinte Red Devils ($500) and a lemonade stand ($420).
Congratulations and thanks to Andrew Shaw for a great story and a great day. Organizers would extend thanks to all the volunteers and the sponsors: Foley Bus Lines, Molson Coors, Jack & Jill’s Food Emporium, Culligan Water, International Truckload Services, Quinte Red Devils, Kouri Kopter, Hawkins Cheezies, Dewe’s Independent Grocer, Metro and the Lemonade Stand volunteers.