Two weeks ’til the 6th Annual Gala Dinner

6th Gala

We’re only two weeks away from the 6th Annual Friends of Gryphon Football Gala Dinner. I’ve enjoyed all five of the previous Dinners and expect this one will be as good as the others. In fact, it will have a few exciting, new wrinkles.

You know you won’t be listening to any boring speeches when the speaker is a professional comedian. But not just any comedian, Nigel Downer knows the Gryphon Football program from the inside. A receiver and punt/kick returner in his Gryphon days, Downer’s name is still in the Gryphon record books for top 10 performances in several All Time categories.

All 8 of the former Gryphons currently playing in the CFL will be attending. They will be recognized for their achievements and participating in a Q&A with Master of Ceremonies Justin Dunk.

Gala '16 poster

The other major feature will be the official unveiling of the 1990’s Team of the Decade. I’m pleased to hear a large number of players from that era will be in attendance and the honourees will be recognized.

Any alumni and supporters who haven’t had the opportunity to meet the University’s new Director of Athletics need to make a point of introducing themselves to Scott McRoberts. I think you will be pleased you made the effort and I know McRoberts enjoys meeting the programs alumni and supporters. University President Franco Vaccarino will be back for the second time while Cam & Rachel Guthrie will be attending for the third time. This will be the second time that Mayor Cam will bring official greetings from the city.

Attendance should be at an all-time high. There are still some tickets left but only until Tuesday, April 26. Your best bet would be to contact Randy Dimitroff at

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Check out the highlights of previous Gala Dinners:

2015 Gala highlights – 1984 Team w Jed Tommy & Jeff Volpe / Honour Jersey #70 Parri Ceci

2014 Gala highlights – Kyle Walters / Honour Jersey #21 Mark Brown

2013 Gala highlights – Mark Cohon, CFL Commissioner / Honour Jersey #34 Sam Benincasa

2012 Gala highlights – Thomas Dimitroff Jr & Jay Glazer / Honour Jersey #50 Mike O’Shea

2011 Gala highlights – Thomas Dimitroff Jr

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