The second annual Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament (MEIT), held May 8, 2013 at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, raised more than $18,000 for cancer research at The Princess Margaret Hospital, one of the top five cancer research hospitals in the world.
Steve Mercker, vice-president of business development for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation opened the tournament, telling the 136 players and 20 volunteers that they were there not just “to raise money for awareness, but to actually find a cure.”
Title sponsors for two consecutive years, Arlene Campbell, general manager of the Allstream Centre and Direct Energy Centre, and Kathryn Wakefield, director of client services, Tourism Toronto, also welcomed the players. “The city is proud to sponsor this event for a cause that has touched so many lives, not only in Toronto but globally,” said Campbell. Both women stayed to play in the tournament.
The tournament raised 60 percent more funds than the previous edition due to the generosity of Scotiabank, which committed to matching every dollar raised on the night of the event up to $5,000. Dayl Marks, Scotiabank’s senior manager, Sponsorships and Executive Projects, is a euchre enthusiast. She loved the idea and was immediately on board as a sponsor. Marks played in the tournament’s Rock Star division for advanced players.
Sandra Moniz, on behalf of Meetings + Conventions Calgary also came on board as a volunteer and sponsor. “We are proud to be a part of this standout event that collectively joined members of the meetings industry and friends for one common goal: to raise funds for cancer research,” she said.
The meetings industry is known to be a small but influential group of professionals. The tournament offered a channel for networking in a completely fun environment—perfect for those who are looking for an alternative to golf. Madeleine Bart of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada said she was thrilled to be participating for a second year. Christine Charnock, manager of the Canadian Rheumatology Association and winner of the tournament’s General Pool, said: “Great job…well done! I have been to a lot of euchre tournaments and yours was very creative and well done… and the nicest card tables I’ve ever seen!”
The tournament’s steering committee is comprised of 11 members of the meetings industry, all of whom have agreed to stay on to bring back the tournament in 2014. “We are looking for dates at the Allstream Centre again,” said Sheila Wong, vice-president, BBW International Inc. and co-chair of MIET. “I know I speak for our entire team, but we can’t get over the generosity of our industry colleagues. We literally had thousands of dollars in donated prizes not to mention the services in-kind. The only sad thing for me is that I can’t play euchre when I’m running the tournament!”
Marion Heintzman Productions out did their creativity from the last tournament producing dresses made of playing cards that were displayed as people arrived. Marion Heintzman, who is an avid euchre player and a committee member, won—for the second year in a row—Cineplex movie passes for a year playing fundraising game Poker Joker.
This year’s tournament winners were:
Rock Star (Advanced Players)
- First Place: Carolyne Vigon, Destination Toronto
- Second Place: Paul Bies, Mystique Creative
- Third Place: David Kearney, Lisa Shamai Cuisiniere
- Honest Player: Marion Tripp, Virtual Option
- First Place: Christine Charnock, Canadian Rheumatology Association
- Second Place: Jack Leddy, Toronto Hydro
- Third Place: Troy Jaeger, Friend of the Industry
- Honest: Susan Rock, University of Toronto