30th Executive Director Speech 2019 -“Oh the Lives We’ll Change”

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Oh The Lives We’ll Change

Today is our day.
We’re raising some money!
For Kids ev’ry way!
We have rings on the ice
We have sliders on shoes
And auctions and raffles
And did I mention there’s booze?
We have curling pros.  And they bring what they know.
You can pick one because you’ve raised so much dough.
You’ll see there are four Scotts.  Look ’em over with care
About one you might say. “I don’t choose to go there”
With a Schneider right there and a Wark at your feet.
you’ll never go wrong choosing girls that bring heat.
And you may find a Foster
dressed up in a gown
In that case of course
she’s drawing houses all round.
She’s hotter here
in the cold cold rink air.
On the ice things can happen
and frequently do
to Koe’s as shoeless
and famous as you.
And when Birnie slides out
don’t falter.  Don’t woo.
Just slide right along
You’ll meet Superman too.
We’ll help babies grow up!
we’ll support them with love!
They’ll do such great things
and have lives they dream of
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have Chadwick
He can really control that house with his stick!
Whomever you pick, Cotter, Beuk, Gates, McQuaid
However you throw, all your shots will be made.
Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes you won’t
I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly it’s true
picked rocks 
can also happen to you.
You can get behind three
four, five, a big bunch
And your draw will sail through.
You’ll be itching for Lunch.
You’ll come in for some lunch
really hungry for meat.
Wond’ring why Ty George was
a guy you couldn’t beat.
And when you’ve been beat
by a Yank it’s no fun.
Eight-ending yourself
is not easily done.
You will look for a Polo, Court George or the like.
You’ll wish they were easy, like riding a bike. 
With your Collins you’ll know you’re great at the lead!
Laura Strong at the back?  Or just Balsy and meed?
With Rob Harris though. Might be best to concede?
And IF Wes is there, you choose him or Lor-i…
or World Champ Miss Inglis? Or maybe Sac’cree
Or take PEI with Christianson, Marie?
Simple it is not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up their mind.
You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
cross wide ocean gaps to a Europe-y place
and search through the hills across Frenchish wild space
headed, I cheer for a big wondrous place.
The German Place…
…where people are just waiting
Waiting for curling to go
or ein beer to come, or a horn to blow
or the dance to start, or the wall to go
or the wine to pour, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a”Ja” or a No.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the pebbled ice
or waiting for Megan or my wife
or waiting around for ‘nother life
or a rock to pick or get through a crack
Or waiting, perhaps for a Gushulak.
or a stone to curl, or an auction take
or a draw to stop, or a tick shot make
Everyone is just waiting
That’s not for you!
Somewhere you’ll soon find
there’s Andy Capp but no Wrench.
You’ll see more great skips
where the best one’s named Jentsch.
With LeDrews flip-flopping
once more you’ll score high!
Tapping and doub’ling girl or guy.
Raising because you know you can’t tie!
Oh, the money we’ll raise!  There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There’s a Russian what fun!
And the magical things Galkina does with a rock
will make you the winning-est winner of talk
Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be,
with the curling club watching you throw to the tee
Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t
I’m happy that Anil
will be looking at you
through his long lens
snapping pics of the crew
With friends
Whether you like it or not,
With friends will be something
you’ll be quite a lot
K 4 K fam’ly, each Easter with a band
You’ll meet a bunch of great people like Brittany Tran
And the one down the road, from Saskatch-ewon
Sara England can wow you with stories ’till dawn
And fun you will have
though the morning be bright
Fun you will have
though your hangovers fight
Fun you will have
through the day and the night
Onward through many
a weakening draw
though your arms may get sore
and your Ashams may gnaw.
On and on you will curl
and I know you’ll curl well
its for the kids you curl now
with pins on lapel.
You’ll find mixed teams, of course
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed teams
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you pick
Think hard and listen to me
And know that Sarnia
will fight for Sister Koo-ee.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft
And don’t step down on right if your gripper’s on left.
And will we succeed?
For the Kids, We will indeed!
(it’s our THIRTIETH …we’re guaranteed!!)
K4K Family, you make a difference!
Be your name Birnie, Beuk or Bals-done
or Kimberly Schneider  Marie Christian-son
There are many great skips!
Today is your day!
Your weekend is waiting
So…get on your way!!!

Thank you.

New to the Kurl for Kids Family…

By Personal Stories

Hi Everyone,

I received this email from a new member of the Kurl for Kids Family c/o Mark Partington.


My name is Kendra DeVaal.  You do not know me yet but you do know my Papa Mark. My Papa is

writing this for me as I am too little to do it myself.

Monday morning at 1 am my sister and I were born at Mt Sinai hospital. My mom was induced 4 wks

early because my sister was getting bigger than me. Kylie was born first at 6.3 lbs and I came next. I

was only 3.9 lbs. I was have trouble keeping warm so they put me in an incubator so I could use all

my energy to get bigger. Kylie and my mommy, Kelly, were discharged on Tuesday but I had to stay

in the hospital(Mommy stayed with me. On Wednesday night they took me to Oakville where I am

getting great care. My only problem is keeping warm but as I put on weight that will get better.

I have put on a whole ounce already.

My Papa told me that you have all helped him through donations to the hospital when her curls in

the Kurl4Kids bonspiel. He even told me they have bought a bed like I am in with some of the money.

I hope to be home with my Mommy and Daddy and sisters soon. I am little but I am a fighter Papa says.

On behalf of my Mommy, Daddy, big sister Mackayla and twin sister Kylie, Oma and Opa (grandparents)

Grandma, Papa Mark and myself I want to thank you for your generosity.

Papa says when we all pull together we DO make a difference.

Kendra DeVaal”

*email from Mark Partington, Member of the Oakville Curling Club and an integral part of the Kurl for Kids Family

Dec 4th, 2018 Update:

“A quick update
Kendra and Kylie are now almost 3 months old. Kylie is 11 pounds
and our wee one is now a healthy 8 pounds 10 ounces. They are a
lot of work for Mom and Dad so Grandma and Papa have been
spending a lot of time helping out. Just holding one while Mom
feeds the other, being there while Mom pops out to run an
errand or pick up Mackayla (2 & 1/2 yr old) at daycare to folding
laundry. Anything to help out and get a snuggle.
What you do for the little ones is inspiring and I once again want
to thank you so much. Your friendship means a lot to me.
I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
and a Happy New Year.

I shall see you in the new year at another successful Kurl4Kids bonspiel.

One very blessed and happy Papa.

Mark Partington”

Broom Wrap Installation and Ordering

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For those who took their broom wraps home and would like to learn how to install them, please see the following installation video.  http://broomwraps.com

If you would like to order a broom wrap please email executivedirector@kurlforkids.com.  We are working on a price to order and ship individual wraps.  Last names only are printed (names subject to approval by Kurl for Kids Committee)


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WYNTK about the #29thK4K

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In preparation for the start of the #29thK4K, we wanted to give you the 411 on what you need to know (WYNTK) about the various events happening throughout the weekend.

The Hospitality Suite

To get entrance into the infamous hospitality suite, you need to purchase a bracelet. This beautiful piece of jewellery (aka a red paper band) is available for just $20 CAD – trust us, it is worth it!

Payment can be made when you get to the registration table on Thursday night (debit and credit accepted). If you aren’t attending the banquet but need a bracelet, let someone from the committee know.

Don’t Forget – Friday is country night!

The Passports

As with last year, the passports are available again this year! For those of you who don’t know, the passport is your all access pass to the additional games.

Your passport includes:

  • A registration for the draw to the button competition
  • Raffle tickets (x20)
  • X5 “Pick 6” selections

You can pay in debit, credit or cash at the registration desk for the passport or, should you choose to forego the passport, you can purchase tickets to each of these games individually.

The Draw to the Button Competition

It’s exactly as it sounds! You draw to the button against the other Joes & Janes for the ultimate prize. The winner of the Joes & Janes draw to the button wins THE CASH (from the entries) and 1 week accommodation at Stu Sell’s vacation home in Florida (more details will be provided at the event).

Now, the winner of the Joes & Janes draw to the button also gets to compete against the Pros draw to the button winner. This is for honour only.

The Raffle

The raffle table runs FRIDAY ONLY. Don’t miss out on some great things because you got it confused with the silent auction. You can’t bid your way to a win this day.

The silent auction

The silent auction runs SATURDAY ONLY. Same as above, don’t mix it up with the raffle items, more money gets you what you want this day!


One week left! Take your fundraising to the next level

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By far the hardest part about fundraising is asking for money. Why? Because not all of us can shamelessly ask people for money (although huge respect for those who can!).

Making the list of appropriate people to ask…
Worrying about the timing…
Wording your email to invoke an emotional response so people “feel” the cause …
But balancing that with not making people feel obligated to donate.

There are a lot of considerations when fundraising and you want to make sure you stay true to your own communication style. So, how do you get the most out of your efforts? Here are a few rules we live by:

  • Be clear on the cause
  • Be upfront: tell them why it is important to you
  • Be prescriptive: tell people what you want, not just ask them to donate
  • Discuss the IMPACT: what will their money do?
  • Express Gratitude (thank you notes mean a lot!)

Essentially, you need to have an elevator pitch!

Perfecting your Pitch

You need to know what you want to say and how you are going to say it in less than 30 seconds. People’s time (and money) is valuable to them, so you need to give them a clear reason to give it to you. Here is an example:

Kurl for Kids is a charity organization that hosts a pro-am charity bonspiel in support of neonatal care across Canada. Now in its 29th year, K4K has raised over $2.5 million dollars and we’re not stopping there. Help me support this great cause! I’m looking to raise X amount of dollars/I’m challenging all my friends to donate $20 dollars and all the proceeds go right to the hospitals to help provide better care for the tiny humans who need it.

Struggling to reach your fundraising goal and short of ideas?

Here are some we have tried in the past that go above and beyond your standard “email”:

  • Post a challenge to have X amount of people donate X amount of dollars to help you reach your goal
  • Host a donut, pizza or any other kind of day at your work, charge $2-5 dollars per unit (but the exposure is more important ;))
  • Do a 50/50 raffle at an event you are at
  • Ask your company – corporate sponsorships count!
  • Do a birthday campaign – what makes a better present than donating for a good cause?

No matter what you do, you have to put yourself out there a little bit. Remember #itsforthekids #29thK4K.

What are some of the creative ways you fundraise? We’d like to hear from you!

Olympic Gold Medalist, Tyler George, confirmed as Kurl for Kids Skip!

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***For Immediate Release***

With great pride we am pleased to announce that Olympic Gold Medal Champion Tyler George is now confirmed as a celebrity skip for this year’s 29th Annual Kurl for Kids Charityspiel!  A long time member of the Kurl for Kids Family, we could not have been more proud of him and his team’s accomplishment at this year’s Olympics in PyeongChang.  When Tyler confirmed yesterday that he would be back this year to celebrate together it reminded me about how strong this K4K family bond is and how much he looked forward to celebrating this amazing accomplishment together. #k4kfamily #familymatters #imnotcryingyourecrying #olympics

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Boston Pizza

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Hey Friends, Family and fellow Curlers.  We know you all have a lot of choices when you choose to have lunch or dinner out.  Imagine though that your food and drinks could support an event that you love?  From now until K4K event weekend, eat at Boston Pizza 270  North Service Rd Oakville and 1085 Maple Ave. Milton and the owner Donna Corrigan will donate 5% of your total bill (before tax) to Kurl for Kids.  Just write K4K or OCC on your receipt and deposit it in the designated box before you leave the restaurant and we will take care of the rest.

C’mon down and enjoy a great meal and support children in crisis at the same time.



28th Kurl for Kids Fundraising Total

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IMG_3053As we travel down our road to thirty, the 28th Kurl for Kids is now in the books.  With the additional donations that have come through and some great work by the committee, we have discovered that our initial fundraising total announcement was a little low.  We are pleased to announce that together we have raised over $95,200!!   Just over $82,200 will be going to the Oakville Hospital Foundation and just over $13,000 to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

Special thanks to the whole Kurl for Kids Family including those who donated, the sponsors, the committee, the participants, the volunteers, Michelle Smith and the awesome staff at the Oakville Curling Club, Vern’s Comb Band, DJ Garry, the Holiday Inn and their amazing staff, Shannon Clark for her heartwarming story, and the skips that flew in or drove to make it another banner year!

Well done everyone!

Ok…phew…time to start planning the 29th!

Sign up now for March 29th-31st, 2018 at www.kurlforkids.com

@kurlforkids #roadto30 #kurl4100k @WinmarOakMiss @stusellsto @McNainComm #draftedsportsbar @SBSimpsonGroup @OSBProducts #jancosteel @BTDTbinrentals #tpaaa @VernsComb @OakvilleHF @SandraSchmirler


In The Beginning…the birth of Kurl for Kids as told by one of the founders, Gene Glaze

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On the eve of the 28th Annual Kurl for Kids Celebrity Charityspiel, I am pleased to add a piece of the story of how this great event began.  Special thanks to Gene Glaze for reaching out and writing this piece.

-Bill Garner

Founded in 1989 by: Ed Werenich, Neil Harrison, John Brockest, Gene Glaze, Alison Goring at the Avonlea CC.

Committee:  John Brockest, Neil Harrison, Paul Savage Gene Glaze, Alison Goring (and eventually Susan Brower)

John Brockest volunteered to Chair the planning etc.. BUT, in his negotiating with the Avonlea owner Mr. Lou Detzki, he lost his patience when it came to the $$$ and he became very frustrated and resigned. That’s when I took over to Chair the meetings.

Neil Harrison and Paul Savage were the real driving force to make this event a success by lining up the celebrity skips across Canada.

Initially we didn’t have a charity lined up. Surprisingly THAT turned out to be a problem as we tried asking several charity’s to accept what money we would raise. I had previously worked with Whipper Billy Watson and his “March of Dimes” fund raising events. His main assistant Susan Brower was a friend of mine and I asked her for help. She immediately accepted and Whipper’s fund raising efforts at the time were for the Crippled Children’s Hospital in Scarborough. Later to be known as the Hugh McMillan Center. She worked super hard for us and attended ALL of our meetings from then on and for years afterwards, untill her passing in I think 2009. She was solely responsible for persuading  Air Canada to donate 12 FREE airline tickets from anywhere in Canada to fly in celebrity skips. That lasted for 3 of the years I was involved with the 3rd year they cut it back to 10 tickets.

Alison Goring’s appearance and Werenich winning at the worlds in 1990 added a Major part to the 1st event. BUT Ed. Didn’t want any part in the organizing, period. In our 2nd. year Alison Goring became a big part in the arranging  for the women’s celebrity skips.  While Paul Savage and Neil Harrison continued arranging for the men’s celebrity skips. Sixty four celebrity curlers from all over Canada representing a total of over 125 purple hearts.  I wish a complete list was available but to name a few…. Sam Richardson, Garnet and Don Campbell, Al Hackner, Rick Lang, Russ and Glenn Howard. Wayne Middaugh, Gould,  Ian Tetley, Pat Perroud, John Kawaga, Don Bartlett, Pat Ryan, Art Lobel, Jack  MacDuff, Alf  Phillips, Bernie Sparks, Mike Harris.

That first years event raised $120,000.00, all funds going to the Crippled Children’s Hospital later re-named The Hugh MacMillan Hospital.

Tony Wagner took over from me after the third year’s event.

Signed…. Gene Glaze.

How to Raise 500 Dollars in 7 Days

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Hey K4K Family!

With just over a week to go and Chelsea Carey just announced as a celebrity skip, it’s time to kick the fundraising into high gear.

We know it’s not easy to raise money, so here are a few ideas from the Oakville Hospital Foundation on how to get started.

How to raise $500 in 7 Days

  1. Show your commitment to Kurl for Kids and kick start your fundraising with a $50 donation. $50 = $50
  2. Ask 3 family members to donate $25.
    $75 = $125
  3. Ask 5 friends to donate $15.
    $75 = $200
  4. Ask 5 co-workers to donate $15.
    $75 = $275
  5. Ask 3 businesses you frequent to donate $25.
    $75 = $350
  6. Ask 15 of your Facebook friends for a $10 donation.
    $150 = $500

Give one or all of these ideas a try and see what happens! Looking forward to seeing you all on April 13th.

#K4100K #28thK4K #itsforthekids

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