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‘Play for Autism’ hockey tournament raises $2,525

Create: 05/03/2016 - 02:12

The first annual ‘4 on 4’ Play for Autism Hockey Tournament, which took place on April 16 at the Deux-Montagnes Olympia, raised more than $2,500 for autism services at Crestview Elementary School in Laval.
The tournament consisted of nine teams. Although the winner of pool A was Toitures Senic, the bigger winner was Crestview Elementary for whom a total of $2,525 was raised.
“It was a great day filled with great hockey,” said Deux-Montagnes city councillor Marge Lavallée who helped organize the event. According to Lavallée, radio station 94.7 FM Hits also attended for a few hours, playing music and announcing the tournament on air. Mayor Denis Martin was on hand to drop the first puck and to wish the participants and fundraisers success.
Big effort for autism
Lavallée explained the idea behind the day. “The reason for this tournament is my friend Kathy Normoyle has a son who attended Crestview, and she was so impressed by the aid her son Bradley Steben received she wanted to give back to Crestview,” Lavallée said. “It gave myself and the committee great pleasure to hold this event and to see the people and kids in the crowd.”
The committee who worked on the event were: Alfred Weippert, Douglas Parr, Margaret Lavallée, Kathy Normoyle, Diane Lavallée, Jessica Parr and Monica Horvath. Lavallée said that “great help” also came from Crestview Elementary principal Marie-Helene Goyetche, who is a Deux-Montagnes resident. Also helping, she added, were David Bourque and Melissa Lafrance. She said she also wanted to thank the City of Deux-Montagnes for its contribution, as well as Daniel Thompson.

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