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Fourth Annual Lions Cup Soccer Tournament fundraiser set for August 24

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By Stuart Nulman – mtltimes.ca

On August 24, 15 bars and restaurants in Montreal will participate in the Lions Cup Soccer Tournament at the Soccerplexe Catalogna, located at 775 1st Avenue in Lachine. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.

Besides the 15 teams that will represent several Montreal bars and restaurants (Burgundy Lion, L’Orignal, Imadake, Rouge, Diz Onze, evenko, Vigilant Global, Gepetto, Sticky Media, Mile Public House, Old Orchard/Irish Embassy, Lili & Oli and Mclean’s Pub), an additional team made up of Montreal celebrities will join the tournament. Some of the local celebrities slated to part in the tournament include Conor McKenna and Noel Butler (TSN 690), Freeway Frank and Natasha Gargiulo (Virgin Radio), Jason Rockman and Bilal Butt (CHOM), Rebecca Makonnen (Radio-Canada), Andie Bennett (CBC TV), Jay Walker (Global TV), and Wilder Weir (Breakfast TV – CITY).

Following the all-day tournament, the players will head to the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre for a fun night of rock n roll, courtesy of Eagle Tears, Xavier Caféine and We Are Wolves. The public can also buy tickets to the concert, which costs only $11.50, which includes one beer.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale for $10 each, 5 for $40, or 12 for $100. Prizes that are up for grabs include 50,000 Aeroplan Miles; one month’s use of a Mercedes-Benz from Silver Star; a Labatt Brewery Tour, followed by dinner & drinks for 11 people; Canadiens, Alouettes and Redbull FC shirts signed by the entire team; Osheaga and Heavy Montréal weekend passes; CHOM movies for a year; a TW Steel watch; Urbania subscription; a painting by Lucille Marcotte; a Burgundy Lion dinner; MYOLIFE Clinic treatments; and a m0851 leather weekend bag.

All proceeds from the tournament and the concert, plus the sale of raffle tickets, will be donated to GOAL, which raises funds for non-profit organizations that help support families, youth, social activities and education. To date, over $102 000 has been raised. This year’s beneficiary will be the Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre, located in Griffintown, which has provided empowering educational programming for residents of Little Burgundy from birth through adulthood since 1927. Programs range from early literacy programs for 0 to 5 year olds to life skills training for adults.

For more information, or to purchase raffle or concert tickets, go to goalmtl.com

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