Zac Rinaldo plans daylong fundraiser for Hamilton kids

Updated: June 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm by Brady Trettenero

Zac Rinaldo gives back.

According to a report by Teri Pecoskie of the Hamilton Spectator, the 25-year-old Philadelphia Flyers agitator has recruited more than a dozen of his pro hockey buddies, including Wayne Simmonds, Steve Downie, Carlo Colaiacovo and Michael Del Zotto for a daylong fundraiser July 18.

The third annual event, dubbed “Fight for a Cause”, includes a free three-on-three ball hockey tournament for kids aged four to 15 at the Chedoke Twin Pad Arena, a semi-formal gala dinner and live auction at Sarcoa, and a 21-and-over after party with live music on the Sarcoa patio.

“I’m doing this for the city and for the kids of Hamilton,” Rinaldo said. “So they’ll have a little more inspiration to be who they want to be in life.”

In the past, Rinaldo’s fundraiser — which raised $20,000 last year — has benefited the McMaster Children’s Hospital. This year, however, he’s hoping to double that tally, with a portion of the money also going to the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre where his mother, Samantha, underwent treatment for breast cancer a couple of summers ago.

“They took great care of her,” he said. “And since they did a great job of helping my mom, I thought I’d do my best to help give back.”

Zac Rinaldo never got to play alongside his heroes when he was a kid. He’s giving these kids that chance on July 18th.

“I just want to give these kids an opportunity to see this is what you do when you make it,” he said. “It’s not all about just playing hockey or the money. You’ve got to give back to your hometown and give back to the people in the city.”

Visit http://zacrinaldoscause.com/2015/register.php for more information or to sign your kids up for the ball hockey tournament.

Tickets are also still available for both the gala dinner and the after party at Sarcoa Restaurant and Bar at Pier 8. Contact gala @zacrinaldoscause.com or afterparty @zacrinaldoscause.com for ticket information.

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