Huge turnout for Miracle on Main in Milton & Hamilton
This year’s fundraiser which took place on Monday, December 15th in Milton on a closed off portion of Main Street in front of Troy’s Diner and Wednesday, December 17th inside McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton collected more than $200,000 in sponsorships, toys, non-perishable food and life essential products. Items were distributed to the Salvation Army, Halton Women’s Place and the young patients admitted in SickKids in Toronto and McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton.
The entire experience from food, entertainment, amusement rides, a mini CN Rail train and so much more was entirely FREE for everyone to enjoy with a donation of a new unwrapped toy.
Thousands of supporters attended bright and early between 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in Milton. Wrestling’s living legend Tiger Jeet Singh and his son wrestling superstar Tiger Ali Singh were in attendance along with dignitaries Mayor of Milton Gord Krantz, Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt, Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, Milton Fire Chief Brian Ellisworth, Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner along with his Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher and constables. Sports celebrities #67 Peter Dyakowski of the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Canada’s most famous hockey dad Walter Gretzky rounded off the guest list.
Carols were sung by Milton Choristers while performances were provided by local artists Jessica Lockwood, Rock This Way – Gavin McLeod, Halton Police band and Elvira Hopper with Darryl Joseph Dennie aka Heart & Soul. MC for the event was local Milton councilor Mike Cluett and the event DJ was Mark Stanley.
Extravagant displays were set up by Halton Regional Police Services, Milton Fire Department, C.A. Towing and Techno Metal Post.
Hundreds of children attended from neighboring schools including Tiger Jeet Singh Public School, Irma Coulson Public School, Hawthorwne Village Public School, Martin Street Public School, Milton District High School, Craig Kielburger High School, St. Peter’s Catholic School, PL Robertson Public School, Bruce Trail Public School and several others. 2
The event at McMaster Children’s Hospital was an opportunity for the Tigers to bring a little Christmas cheer to the children that have to stay in the hospital over the holidays. Accompanying Tiger Jeet Singh and Tiger Ali Singh were #35 Mike Daly of the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Maple Leaf Alumni Ric Natress and Peter Ing.
“We were absolutely thrilled to host Miracle on Main Street at McMaster Children’s Hospital,” says Jennifer Laughton, VP Development at McMaster Children’s Hospital. “The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation are wonderful partners and brought so much joy and spirit of the holiday season to the children that have to remain in the hospital over the holidays due to illness. We can’t thank the Tigers enough for choosing to support children and our hospital in this very special way.”
“The event is all about having fun and bringing people of different faiths together as one over the holidays and I believe this was accomplished at Miracle on Main”, said Tiger Jeet Singh Jr., President of Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation. “Sickness and poverty do not discriminate; neither should the spirit of giving. I’m also very grateful for the coverage given by Jennifer Valentyne & Breakfast Television, CHCH TV, OMNI TV, Rogers TV and TV Cogeco.”
We are so grateful for the overwhelming support of our family, friends, volunteers, performers and sponsors”, said Troy Newton, Director of Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation. “This event is about ‘giving back’ and we are so thankful again for the community of Milton, Hamilton and beyond for continually supporting this great cause.”
“We are so thankful and would not have been able to provide free events if it were not for the support of our wonderful sponsors,” said Tiger Jeet Singh, Chairman of Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation, “which were led this year by presenting sponsors Techno Metal Post and CN along with Scotiabank, Gunding & Hans LLP, TeamTiger Realty Century 21 Heritage Group and media sponsor Asian Television Network.”