Maple Leafs Host Holiday Dinner at Air Canada Centre

Wednesday, 19.12.2012 / 10:23 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted a Holiday Dinner in partnership with Second Harvest and Salvation Army for close to 900 guests from over 30 Toronto area shelters & agencies. Several Maple Leafs’ executives and employees helped serve the dinner including Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President and C.O.O., Tom Anselmi, Maple Leafs President and General Manager, Brian Burke, Vice-President of Hockey Operations, Dave Poulin, and Head Coach, Randy Carlyle. MLSE Executive Chef Chris Zielinski and 18 people from the food and beverage staff spent the previous two days preparing the meal. The Holiday Dinner was hosted at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

“We are all very fortunate to live in the great city of Toronto,” said Brian Burke. “It’s important, especially at this time of the year, to assist those that need it the most. We hope that, in this small way, we were able to offer a helping hand by opening our Air Canada Centre doors and providing a special Holiday Dinner. The Maple Leafs would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Second Harvest and the Salvation Army, as well as the long list of generous corporate donors that helped make this event possible.”

Leftover food from Tuesday’s Holiday Dinner was collected by Second Harvest and donated to Good Shepherd Ministries. Every day Second Harvest rescues excess food, including from Air Canada Centre, and delivers it to more than 200 Toronto social service agencies with a wide variety of people in need. In 2011-12, Second Harvest delivered over 7.2 million pounds of donated food to agencies in Toronto.

Many of the Salvation Army shelters from across Toronto attended the Holiday Dinner. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is currently participating in the Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign, which raises funds for the Community and Services programs year round.

The Toronto Maple Leafs would like to thank Teamsters Local Union 847 and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 333 for donating their time and efforts to the inaugural Holiday Dinner.

Special thanks to our donors:

AJ Lanzarotta Wholesale


Chairman Mills


EarthFresh Foods

Gay Lea

JL International

Maple Leaf Foods

Starr Alliance

Sysco Central Ontario

Sysco FreshPoint Produce

Tim Hortons

Participating Agencies:

Chris Penrose

Covenant House

Daily Bread Food Bank and its agencies

Eva’s Phoenix

Evangel Hall Mission

Fort York Food Bank

Fred Victor

Holiday Helpers

Hospice Toronto

John Innes

Kids Up Front


Leafs Hockey in the Neighbourhood

Massey Centre


North York Harvest Food Bank and its agencies

PARC (Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre)

Parkdale Food Bank

Project Esperane

Red Door Shelter

Right To Play



St. Felix Centre

St. Nicholas of Bari

Salvation Army Locations from Across Toronto

Second Harvest


Street Connection


Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office

Toronto Police

University Settlement

Waabanong Aboriginal Head Start

YMCA – Youth Drop –In

Yonge Street Mission


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