Thank you to Hormel Foods and Dan Glendinning

Thank you to Hormel Foods and Dan Glendinning

Chase Global Foods is proud to share a heartwarming story from one of our suppliers, Hormel Foods. Chase Global Foods appreciates the time and care that Dan Glendinning, HFIC National Sales & Marketing Manager Foodservice-Canada and Hormel Foods donates to the Wounded Warriors Canada program.  From all of us at Chase Global Foods we thank you, Dan and Hormel Foods.

Hormel Foods Canada plays role in Tyler Todd Memorial Hockey Tournament

Plattsville, ON, April 2018—-Hormel Foods is more than just a business. It’s an organization that was founded on small-town values and has continued those values for over 125 years. We believe in supporting our communities, helping our neighbors and making a difference in the places where we live and work, where we can, when we can.

In March, during Easter Weekend, a fundraising hockey tournament took place in the small Canadian town of Plattsville, Ontario, Canada –Population 1,900 (home town of Dan Glendinning, HFIC National Sales & Marketing Manager Foodservice- Canada) to raise money for Wounded Warriors Canada, the nation’s leading, wholly independent, Veteran’s charity focusing on mental health and supporting the lives of ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families.

The event was created in memory of fallen soldier and Plattsville resident, Pvt. Tyler Todd, who grew up in the area before joining the Canadian Military as part of the 1 Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Tyler had been deployed overseas to Afghanistan and on April 11, 2010 was killed by an IED while on a foot patrol southwest of Kandahar City.  Tyler was 26 years old and the 42 Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan.

Back in Canada and a year following Tyler’s death, a group of friends and family came together to start the Tyler Todd Memorial Co-ed Hockey Tournament to lift the spirits of this small town and raise funds to help other injured and returning Canadian veterans. The event was created to bring together Tyler’s friends and family to help grieve and celebrate Tyler’s life.  Now in its eighth year, the Tyler Todd Memorial Co-ed Hockey Tournament has grown from a small event of 100 participants to an annual event bringing together well over 260 players and many more members of the community.

By 8am it was lace up time and pucks and skates were on the ice commencing the 2-day co-ed tournament. An under 17 kids ball hockey tournament with over 80 kids participating was also underway so that everyone could take part. Opening ceremonies took place Good Friday evening at the Plattsville Community Arena with members of local legions, Veterans, military equipment and members of Tyler’s platoon present.  The arena was full, with fantastic community support.

The hockey community is strong and a Silent Auction with donations coming from every NHL hockey team as well as from local town sponsors was arranged to generate additional funds to benefit this meaningful cause. The tournament event was capped off Saturday evening with a Live Auction offering numerous items including signed NHL jerseys from some of the Canadian hockey greats including, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and many more.

One of the highlights of the weekend event was having the presence and support of Walter Gretzky. Walter is the parent of infamous hockey legend, Wayne Gretzky and nicknamed, “Canada’s Father of Hockey”. Since the Tournament’s launch eight years ago, Canada’s “Father of Hockey” has always made time for this cause and continues to make an annual presence in Plattsville for this event.

A gathering of any size is never complete without food and this year, HFIC was proud to be a food sponsor of this event. In line with our purpose statement: Inspired People. Inspired Food™ we donated our crowd pleasing, Beef Barbacoa and Sausage Patties to the community and of course, they were a massive hit!   Both the committee and the family of Tyler were very appreciative of our generosity and support.

The crowning achievement is that in 8 years this small-town event has managed to raise over $350,000 with this past year being the most successful year yet and generating $75,000 from tournament efforts. All funds will benefit Wounded Warriors Canada and specifically, their Service Dog Program.

Hormel Foods International Corporation-Canada was very proud to be part of such a fantastic event honouring our fallen heroes. Here’s to supporting our communities and doing good where and when we can.

Lest we Forget.

For more information on Wounded Warriors, please visit: https://woundedwarriors.ca <https://woundedwarriors.ca/> or the Tyler Todd Memorial Tournament, please visit www.toddevents.ca <http://www.toddevents.ca/>

Walter Gretzky “Father of Hockey”

Dan Glendinning with Tyler’s family

Hormel Logo on Ice

Street in front of event – lined with Canadian Flags – one for each fallen soldier in Afghanistan