“It’s huge, we couldn’t have asked for any more,” said co-organizer Drew Graham, who helped start the fundraising tournament in 2010 after his three-year-old son Oliver died of cancer. “It beat the old record by $6,000.”
Since the tournament began, slightly more than $63,000 has been raised to help buy gift cards for families of kids at the IWK Health Centre and Ronald McDonald House in Halifax.
Organizers also have filled a large van full of toys for the kids this weekend, after removing some of the rear seats in the vehicle.
“Delivering the toys is what I love doing more than anything,” Graham said, “and they’re going to be shocked when we deliver them. It’s double what I took down last year.”
The Bucket Heads won the tournament after they made a successful bid to bring in retired NHLer Jon Sim to be part of their lineup for the day.
Graham said he appreciated the efforts of the many volunteers who took part, as well as the teams that helped raise funds for the cause.
“Everyone involved in this deserves a huge thanks.”