MONTREAL – McGill football co-coaches Ronald Hilaire and Patrick Boies were on hand with Concordia bench boss Mickey Donovan, accompanied by a number of their players and their respective school mascots for a press conference at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, Wednesday, to announce details of this week’s 28th annual Montreal Shrine Bowl football game, featuring McGill and Concordia.
Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday (Nov. 1) at 1 p.m. at Concordia Stadium, 7200, Sherbrooke Street West.
Former Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo was introduced as honorary chair of the event, co-organized by the Dollard-des-Ormeaux based Karnak Shriners and both football teams, which has raised close to $900,000 for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada since the inaugural game in 1987.
Also, Shrine Bowl Canada’s honorary king and queen were introduced, namely 15-year-old Jeffrey Beausoleil and 12-year-old Aurélie Grandchamps, both hospital patients. After the formal part of the press conference, the players, coaches and officials toured the hospital to visit with and offer souvenirs to each of the patients.
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is a pioneer in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and offers specialized care in pediatric orthopedics. This year, the benefits from the event will support the construction project of the new hospital which will open its doors in the fall of 2015.