Really nice picture by Mike Beitz in The Beacon Herald of our sold out Innkeepers’ Dinner on Saturday night. Every guest at Innkeepers got a glass of champagne, courtesy of Denis Flanagan and Gallo Wines.
A big thanks to chef Andrew Tutt and the legion of volunteers.
We would also like to publically thank all the companies and individuals that donated food or services for the dinner … in alphabetical order …
Burnbrae Farms – Gary West
Church Hill Farms
Downie Street Bakehouse
Festival City Dairy
Food Basics Stratford
The Bruce Hotel
Tim Hortons Erie & Ontario Street locations – Robbin Hewitt and Mat Cooper
In additon, thanks to The Beacon Herald for their gifts in kind and to Dave Jacobs, our auctioneer, and our spotters Martin Ritsma and Brent Shackleton, who brought in great money on our live auction.
A hockey stick used by Stratford’s Charley Lightfoot near the turn of the last century will soon be part of an exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Lightfoot was one of the first black players in organized hockey. The Ontario Hockey Assocation was was founded in 1890. Lightfoot, the ancestor of a Kentucky slave, played on the Stratford team that won the OHA Junior championship in 1900 and on the Intermediate team that won the OHA championship in 1901.
The timing of this donation is excellent as the Hockey Hall of Fame will unveil a thematic exhibition titled “The Changing Face of Hockey – Diversity in Our Game” on March 11, 2016. Lightfoot’s stick will be showcased as a part of the exhibit.
Lightfoot was born in West Flamborough in 1880. His family moved to Stratford in 1888 when Charley was 8. He died in 1968.
Two sticks used by Lightfoot were donated to the Stratford Perth Museum in 1975 by former Beacon Herald sportswriter Harold “Winger” Thomas.
One of those sticks will be given to Craig Campbell from the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday at 11 a.m. during a brief ceremony at the Stratford Perth Museum.