Supporters raising funds through spring and summer.
As the past couple of months have shown, nothing brings Canadians closer together than hockey.
That goes double for Leaside.
Last year, a fundraising campaign was started to help raise money for a second ice pad at the constantly booked Leaside Gardens Arena. In addition to the fundraising efforts of the arena’s three main user groups, the Leaside Hockey Association, the Leaside Skating Club and Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey, several other members of the community have launched their own fundraising initiatives.
Local real estate broker Patrick Rocca organized a barbecue in the late spring with the help of area merchants.
“We had a jumping castle, face painting, it was more a family thing,” said Rocca. “The purpose was to raise some funds.
“We were hoping to raise $4,000–5,000, which we did.”
For Rocca, the event served to help raise awareness of the expansion project and its financial needs. He knows as well as anyone how badly the community wants a new rink. Rocca’s son played hockey at Leaside but has since joined another league.