BMO Financial Group vice-chairman and former premier of the province, Brian Tobin, announced that the group will become the VIP Reception Sponsor of the next two Atlantic Maple Leaf Tribute Dinners at a news conference at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s Wednesday. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
By James McLeod
Former premier Brian Tobin was in St. John’s with a $60,000 cheque to support Canada’s wounded soldiers and military families.
Tobin, vice-chairman of BMO Financial Group, announced the money on behalf of BMO as the “VIP Reception Sponsor” of two Atlantic Maple Leaf Tribute Dinners — in St. John’s later this month and in New Brunswick in 2015.
The Atlantic Maple Leaf dinners raise money for charities which benefit soldiers and their families.
“Newfoundlanders and Lab-radorians have always stepped up,” Tobin said. “We owe our military families so much, and it is appropriate that we are here on June 27 to celebrate them.”
Tobin said he’ll be back in town for the event, and he’s hearing that more than 700 tickets — at $300 each — have already been sold.
“I wouldn’t miss it,” Tobin said. “This is going to be a very large event, and I think that reflects how much, in this province, we care about our military.”
The money raised from the fundraiser will go to organizations like the Military Family Resource Centres in St. John’s, Gander and Goose Bay, as well as the Wounded Warrior Fund, Soldier On Fund, Military Family Fund and the Benevolent Fund.
The dinner will also include live and silent auctions featuring military helmets that have ben decorated by Newfoundland and Labrador artists.
Cpl. David Hannan spoke at Tuesday morning’s news conference, and talked about his deployments overseas.
“The toughest part of deployment is leaving your spouse, leaving your family behind, not knowing if you’re going to return, honestly, but also knowing that it’s the responsibility of your spouse of what you’re leaving behind,” he said.
“Without the support of these organizations that make life easier for your spouse, it would be much harder for me overseas.”
The Atlantic Maple Leaf Tribute Dinner will take place at the
St. John’s Convention Centre on June 27.