Another of North Grenville’s greats

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by G.J. the sportsguy

Something was a-buzz as I entered the parking lot at the North Grenville Municipal Centre when I observed the parking lots were full. When I finally secured a vacant spot, I entered the Urbandale Arts Centre to experience what sardines must feel like when they are stuffed into a sealed container. After maneuvering my way through the crowded throng in the lobby towards the succulent fragrance of Pancakes, Syrup and Sausages you could sense there was something special about today.

Some of the volunteers at the 2024 Adam Harlow Fellowship Fund Pancake Breakfast. (Front left to right)
Kevin Dillabough, Julie Harlow, Narie Tumlos, Bob Harlow, Pete Giesbrecht. (Back left to right) Jacob Biron, Nicola Bennet, Mark Harlow and camera shy Linda Cheff. [Photo by Nicholas Bennett]
Today was the first of two days of the Annual Adam Harlow Fellowship Fund Pancake Breakfast and U7 Tim Bit Tournament, with 36 teams from Central Ontario and Quebec on display for their fans. A breakfast for 356 players with their supporters was served by a volunteer crew before the Tim Bits hit the ice, and until noon for late arrivals. Fat Les’ Canteen was also conveniently available to satisfy the munchies during the day, with the Pro Shop on hand for skate sharpening and hockey supplies. Mini Hockey challenges were everywhere, as well as colouring and drawing stations to break the monotony.

Sunday completed the weekend, with the kitchen crew preparing another 210 breakfasts from 8 am to noon for a total of 566 satisfied attendees. Another 130 mini sticks were purchased for the popular Mini Hockey Games setup in the lobby, for grand total of 430 for the two days. 

The Fellowship Fund pays for hockey registration fees for children in families that are experiencing difficulty in their lives, or simply unable to accommodate the fees. 

The Fund accepts a letter from a child stating why hockey is special to them and why they want to participate in the sport (names and families are totally anonymous). Application cn be made on-line through the website at adamharlowfellowshipfund.com, or call 613.258.7323. Parents / Guardians will be contacted with confirmation of application submission with the family commitment to provide transportation to practices and games.

In the past twenty-two years over two hundred recipient children have been able to experience the exciting team sport of hockey through the Fellowship Fund. When speaking with Bob Harlow, he couldn’t express his appreciation and the importance of the volunteers who support the event annually to make it successful every year.

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