Le Classique is the brainchild of Marc Foidart and Rob Tetrault, who conceived of the idea over a few drinks at the Garage Café in Winnipeg in late 2012. The objective was to figure out an effective way to raise money and awareness for congenital CMV research.
The men imagined gathering a group of individuals and playing Canada’s favourite pastime in one of the most historic areas of Western Canada – St. Boniface.
While brainstorming where would be an ideal location, they quickly realized that they were literally standing on a goldmine. The Garage’s vast parking lot would be an ideal location to host a ball hockey tournament. It would provide immediate and convenient access to drinks, food and facilities, along with enough space for two rinks.
And just like that, the tournament was born.
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We are thrilled to share that the 8th edition of Le Classique held on February 7th & 8th, 2020 surpassed its fundraising goal and raised $101,000! The tournament was a great success. Nearly 400 participants played over the course of the weekend. City Councillor Mathieu Allard spoke at the opening ceremony on Friday evening. This event is the Canadian CMV Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser and 100% of the proceeds will be invested in funding critical research, supporting CMV parents and raising awareness. Robert Tétrault, Chair of the foundation, says “Our fundraising efforts are making a difference in the battle against CMV. The generous support and volunteer time from everyone does not go unnoticed. Thanks to everyone who came out to play, enjoy entertainment and support this great cause. My heart is full.”
For information about becoming a Le Classique sponsor, please contact Kayla Keenan at: firstname.lastname@example.org