While the sixth season of Amazing Race Canada moves towards its Sept. 11 finale,
Host and 2010 Olympic Gold Medallist Jon Montgomery, is gearing up for the second annual Jon Montgomery Pizza Pigout, benefiting KidSport Victoria. It’s all happening Oct. 18 at Distrikt Nightclub, Strathcona Hotel.
Thanks to Jon and Darla Montgomery, The Strathcona Hotel, Jake Brumby’s team at CIBC Wood Gundy, and many others, the 2017 event was a great time and a great success. Over $55,000 was raised for KidSport Greater Victoria – in the organization’s terms that means a season of organized sport for 200 local kids in need.
Since 2002, KidSport Greater Victoria has put kids facing financial barriers on the playing field, annually paying season-of-sport registration fees for between 1200 and 1500 youth, at a cost of roughly $400,000 a year. It’s a cause that resonates with the Montgomerys, “We have been proud to be a part of the KidSport movement and their efforts to engage the community in supporting the involvement of young people in sport. The Pigout is an example of the collective belief that sports should not be a privilege, but a right for all young people.”
Jill Shaw, Executive Director of KidSport Victoria, says “Jon and Darla and the ‘Pigout team’ who make this event a reality have brought incredible energy, enthusiasm and interest to this event, and to our organization. They, and the corporate sponsors behind the event, have made tremendous contributions to KidSport Victoria – ultimately meaning more local kids in financial need are getting off the sidelines and into the game.”
The event features Jon as MC and auctioneer, and will be attended by many familiar faces, including retired Swim Canada leaders Ryan Cochrane and Hilary Caldwell, MMA star Sarah Kaufman, former skeleton athletes Mellisa Hollingsworth, Mike Douglas, Darla Montgomery and Amy Gough, curler John Morris, Paralympic snowboarder Michelle Salt, and others.
For more information and for tickets, visit www.jonmontgomerypizzapigout.com.
Over the last 16 years, KidSport Greater Victoria has reached over 11,200 children living in financial need within the CRD, and has distributed over $2.54 Million in sport registration fees to local sport organizations for youth in need.