Sports stars gather for good cause

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Olympic gold medalists and 2019 Sportspeople of the Year, were on hand at the 63rd annual Sports Dinner & Auction, to the delight of the roughly 600 people in attendance PHOTO CUTLINE (Photos 3 & 4): The winners of the 2018-19 Beyond Disability awards, shown here, were Dylan Hillier

The 63rd annual London Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction was another HUGE success this year.

The annual fundraising event in support of the Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC) saw a head table that included NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, and Olympic gold medalists and 2019 Sportspeople of the Year Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Nearly 600 people attended the Dinner & Auction.

During the event, former co-chair Jim Cressman announced the initial donation of $50,000 to the creation of the John Laporta Bursary. This came just before the event organizing committee paid tribute to the retiring CEO of TVCC, who will be stepping away this summer.

An annual tradition of the event is the naming of the SPECTRA award winners, which recognize the top male and female high school athletes for their achievements in athletics, academics and community involvement. The winners this year were Julia Gosling from Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School and Evan Burke from London South Collegiate.

The winners of the 2018-19 Beyond Disability awards were also announced – Dylan Hillier & Alexandra Fraser from Mother Teresa.

The committee would like to thank our incredible sponsors for their continued support including, Southside Group, Nothers Signs & Recognition, M&T Print Group, Canada Life, CIBC Wood Gundy, PA Shop, Digital Echidna, Robinson Mitsubishi, Finch Auto Group and Rotary Club of London.

Submitted by London Sports Celebrity Dinner and photo by Matt Hiscox Photography