Our 20th Annual GALA Dinner and Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Montecassino Hotel and Event Venue at 3710 Chesswood Drive in Downsview M3J 2W4. We are asking parents and players to make commitments to two fundraising events this year: our first annual Golf Tournament (which is sold out as 144 golfers have been assembled for Tangle Creek in May with our thanks to convener Jim Walker); and, our twentieth annual GALA.
Cost of GALA tickets will be $100 for adults which includes an Open Bar, Four-Course Dinner, and the opportunity to stay overnight at the adjacent hotel for only $90+tax; due to the Open Bar, a Wristband Policy will be in effect to differentiate age-of-majority attendees.
Cost of tickets for players and children in attendance will be $60. Players and children in attendance will be asked to sit with their parents this year rather than congregate in teams. Last year’s unacceptable behavior by our players must be reined in; as a result, players will not be sitting with their teammates.
Our banquet hall has a minimum of 350 so our organizational goal is to sell at least 350 tickets for this festive fundraiser. Profits from this event will be put towards our five teams’ US Tournament Travel costs which are considerable and volatile in July. A bus to Missouri, for example, costs $18K CA. Tournament fees have gone up astronomically in the last five years ranging from $700-$1400US. Funds raised via the Gala offset these costs.
Highlights of the evening include the video presentation of all our players and the procession of each of our five teams, the presentation of Junior and Senior Players and Pitchers of the Year, the presentation of the Murray Marshall Scholarship Awards to two of our graduating players, and the induction of former great players and/or coaches into the Team Ontario Astros Hall of Fame.
A big thank you to the GALA Committee members led by Mauro Arturi who has graciously accepted our entreaty to serve as 2020 chair and ably assisted by the following parents: Kathy Clarkson, Janet Diaz, Frank Silla, Allison Parent, Molly Robertson, and Mary Spencer-Thompson. Director of Finance Loretta Murray will be a key member of the GALA committee, too. Please contact Mauro Arturi, if you would like to serve on this dynamic team of organizers! Mauro will determine the date of a future planning meeting.
Tickets will be available from the above-mentioned members of the GALA Committee starting in mid-January. Deadline for purchasing tickets to our biggest social event of the year will be Saturday, February 22.
Let’s make the 2020 GALA a memorable community event. Affix it to your social calendar; please buy tickets and support your Astros off and on the field.
Director of Communications
Team Ontario Astros Elite Baseball Club