Still going strong after nearly 20 years, the Iroquois Legion Darts for Hearts tournament was held at Branch 370 on Saturday, February 9, 2013, and raised $2,400 in total for Heart & Stroke.
The Gerry Sypes Memorial Darts tournament, held on January 19, contributed $1,070 to that total. On hand to officially present a cheque for those funds were Brenda Sypes and Diane Baker, event organizers and members of Gerry’s family.
“We had 12 teams entered in our tournament this year,” said Iroquois organizer Wayne Bellinger. “The adverse weather conditions in the area affected attendance some,” said fellow organizer Tony Easter, “but we had a tremendous response for prizes from our local merchants. It was great.”
Cindy Rowe, area manager of the Heart& Stroke Foundation of Ontario, tossed out the ceremonial dart and accepted the cheques with gratitude. “We experience 70,000 heart attacks and 50,000 strokes yearly in Canada,” Rowe said. “Research and education will help those statistics.”