The Boulevard Club is committed to supporting the communities we live and work in.
The Boulevard Club has been a fixture in the Parkdale, Roncesvalles area since 1905. The Club interests extend far beyond a group of like-minded individuals focused on their own sport. The Club embraces and is engaged in contributing to our community. The Club is a responsible neighbour who is compassionate and empathetic to the causes that concern our communities. We make dedicated efforts to provide positive contributions to non-profit organizations in our communities.
THE BOULEVARD CLUB GIVES BACK - ANNUAL GALA FUNDRAISER
On November 17th, 2016, the Boulevard Club hosted it's annual fundraiser. This year the proceeds went towards grass-roots organizations within our community. These were the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, St. Francis Food Table and the Parkdale Community Food Bank.
A presentation will be made on January 18th, 2017 in the amount of $77,000. Thank you very much to all those who assisted and to those who's generosity will make a difference. For more information, please see Enchanted Forest 2016.
Tennis Section and Members, raised over $9,300 for St. Francis Food Table! The Winter Tennis Charity Calcutta on February 27th was a great success and all proceeds were given to St. Francis Food Table. Special thanks to Jan Heck, Jon Benneyworth, Gary Hopkins, Len Kunka, Claude Blouin, Susana Reisman, Peter and Joanne Willson and Lisa Tremaine for their donations of raffle prizes. Congratulations to all those who participated and gave generously.
ST. FRANCIS FOOD TABLE
St. Francis picked up 26 banquet chairs from The Boulevard Club. The restaurant hold 40 seats and the chairs will be put to good use.
St. Francis Food Table is a restaurant dedicated to providing meals and a welcoming environment for the needy in our community. They serve 250 meals a day. Patrons receive full restaurant service at the table. St. Francis Food Table receives no government funding or sponsorship and rely solely on donations and contributions.
TENNIS AND PHILPOTTS INNER CITY TENNIS FUND
Tennis Section and Members, raised $16,000 to the Philpott Inner City Children's Tennis Fund. The Philpott Foundation offers Summer Tennis Camps free-of-charge to Toronto children and youth ages 5-15, living in priority needs neighbourhoods. These children would not otherwise have access to such activities.
On March 6, the Swim Team swam 52km in the pool for the Great Lake Ontario Swim and raised nearly $2,000 to fund swimming lessons for children at our Adopt-a-School, Queen Victoria Public School. It was a great day of swimming and hard work by everyone.
Many thanks to our Member Don McLeod for giving 8 kids the chance to join our Sailing Camp this Summer. Don and Mahogany Harbour have been supporting this initiative for a number of years.
The kids come from our own community and this year they were brought forward through our connections - thanks to the Toronto Police, Div. 11 and Queen Victoria public school and Parkdale Community Food Bank.
The children enjoyed Summer Sailing Camp.
Thank you to Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club for funding 6 kids to join Camp Boulevard. The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club aim to provide a safe and supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
DRAGON BOATS - BOULEVARD BLAZERS
In December, 2016, our fabulous Boulevard Blazers, Dragon Boat team, had their Christmas lunch. During the lunch they collected $480 to be given to an organization within the Boulevard community. The Boulevard Blazers chose to give this collection to the St. Francis Food Table. A cheque will be given January, 2017.
TORONTO POLICE ANNUAL TOY DRIVE
On November 30th, The Boulevard Club donated 10 large bags of toys for the Toronto Police, Div 11, Annual Toy Drive.
Thank you to our Members as we completely 'stuffed' a police SUV with wonderful toys. All the toys went to needy families in our Community.
PARKDALE COMMUNITY FOOD BANK
The Boulevard Club will be working this year to assist the Parkdale Community Food Bank, along with Division 11 Toronto Police to ensure their shelves have food for needy families in our Community.
- Toiletries were needed by the Food Bank. In March, The Boulevard Club received support from a hotel supplier of European amenities. We were able to deliver 6 boxes of shampoos and soaps.
- Family Day. We collected food that was given to the Parkdale Community Food Bank.
- Bedding and Toiletries were donated November 2016. Douvets and linens, along with 30 cases of toiletries (shampoos, conditioners, and body wash), were provided by Westin Prince Hotel
PCFB feeds up to 3,000 each month, including many families with small children. They distribute between 3.5 and 5 tons of food each week. Food banks do not receive funding from any level of government.
PARKDALE ACTIVITY RECREATION CENTRE
- FITNESS SECTION
Collected 4 large bags of shoes, mostly athletic runners in good shape. This collection was taken to PARC at the beginning of February. The shoes were placed on tables for the PARC members to collect. They were gone instantly.
On February 14th, we delivered over 40 Valentine's our Members wrote to PARC to be distributed. They included wonderful sentiments from 'Have a Nice Day' to Giving you a hug'.
Chef Greig King delivered roasting trays and white dinnerware to PARC. PARC was very low on plates and equipment in the kitchen.
The Boulevard Club has donated $50,000 for a number of years to PARC. This represents 25% of all donations made. It literally keeps their kitchen open, their summer camp operating and many of PARC's social and recreation activities from musical instruments to hockey gear.
RONCEVALLES REFUGEE RELIEF AND CULTURELINK
40 Roncevalles neighbours belong to this group. They asked if we had any bicycles or sewing machines that Members may not be needing. We put a call out. Our wonderful Club Members donated over 20 bikes and 2 sewing machines and supplies.
Special thanks to Yvonne Smith who organized this and ensured delivery to CultureLink.
QUEEN VICTORIA PUBLIC SCHOOL
Queen Victoria Public School started a new sport activity, Badminton. They asked if The Boulevard Club could assist with any used racquets. Our Members donated over 10 Badminton racquets along with 5 large bags of Summer clothing, which was distributed.