Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association
Hope everyone is starting to enjoy summer and warm weather, getting some golf in and are looking forward to the 2015 CFL season.
As you may know, Bell Canada and Larry Tanenbaum’s Kilmer Group announced their agreement to acquire the Toronto Argonauts Football Club from sports entrepreneur Dave Braley. The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association welcomes the new ownership group to the Double Blue Team and is excited about continuing the excellent relationship and partnership with the Toronto Argonauts Football Club. The return of the Double Blue to the CNE grounds will be fun and provide a special football experience for Argos fans.
The Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association finished off another successful season and things are looking great for 2015. This season, our strategy is to focus our efforts on the four key areas outlined in the association’s constitution. In other words, do what we have been doing; but find ways to improve and do things better.
Encourage and Promote Football
The Association is exploring the opportunity to develop a Football Skills/Camp with one of the Toronto school boards. We are working with school board officials and school athletic and football staff to jointly plan and implement the camp.
Recreation and Social Activities
The 5th Annual Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association Reunion was held Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Royal Woodbine Golf Course. Alumni mingled with old teammates and connected with current players and coaches, as well as team officials.
The 17th Annual Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, one of ClubLink’s finest courses in the GTA, was sold-out once again.
Support Charitable Organizations
Since its inception 10 years ago, the Association has and continues to support the work of Pancreatic Cancer Canada and its efforts to end pancreatic cancer through its involvement in the Annual Dick Aldridge Charity Golf Classic. Also, the Association supports and works with several other national and local charities by attending key events, player appearances, hospital visits, etc.
Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association Support Fund (TAAASF)
For the past few years, the Association has called on its membership to support former teammates in need of social and financial assistance. Without missing a beat, our guys stepped-up and provided their former teammates and their families with much-needed support. At the Association’s Annual General Meeting, the Association decided to create a support fund that will assist former Argos players.
As a result, we are pleased to announce the Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association Support Fund. The purpose of the fund is to help alumni that may not be able to help themselves by offering short-term financial assistance.
Turning Point Youth Services
In February 2014, the Association entered into a partnership with Turning Point Youth Services, a Toronto-based, accredited children’s mental health centre that provides a wide range of programs and services to youth aged 12 – 24 and their families. In 2015, we hope to involve more alumni in this worthy partnership.
The Association will continue to promote the heritage of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club and Member Clubs in the Canadian Football League, the Canadian Football League and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame & Museum. This involves working in partnership on various initiatives including Toronto Argonauts Football Club and Association events, Canadian Football League and Canadian Football League Alumni Association events and community initiatives.
The Association was saddened to learn of the passing of two former Argos: CFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman, Bill Frank and Grey Cup Champion Al Bruno.
Bill was a member of the Double Blue from 1965 to 1968 and appeared in 49 regular season games and four (4) playoff games. He passed peacefully in his sleep at his home in White Rock, B.C. on June 24, 2014. Bill was 76 years old.
Al was a member of the Double Blue from 1952 to 1953 and appeared in 21 regular season games and four (4) playoff games, and he was a member of the 1952 Grey Cup Championship team. He passed on the evening of October 5, 2014 night while in hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida. Al was 87 years old.
Toronto Argonauts Alumni Association Board of Directors 2015
Stace Coray, President
Dan Ferrone, Vice-President
Bob Bronk, Secretary/Treasurer
Peter Martin, Past-President