Annual Sports Dinner


January 6, 2020 – The Rady Jewish Community Centre is pleased to announce NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, as its keynote speaker for the 48th Annual Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the RBC Convention Centre.

Bettman has served as the Commissioner of the National Hockey League since 1993. During his tenure as commissioner he has guided the world’s top professional hockey league through more than two decades of growth and advancement on and off the ice. Record revenues, record attendance and numerous fan-friendly and community-minded initiatives are just a few examples of the ways Commissioner Bettman has brought the NHL to a broader audience, through more media platforms, than any time in league history. In recognition of his many contributions to the game, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.

In addition, Commissioner Bettman created the first Department of Player Safety in pro sports. The Department is entrusted with the continued consideration of suggesting proposed changes to rules and equipment that will make the game safer for its players.

Charity, community service and diversity also have been at the forefront of Commissioner Bettman’s tenure. Hockey Fights Cancer has raised millions in support of cancer research and awareness. He was instrumental in the creation of grass root initiatives that bring hockey to youngsters. These programs include “Hockey is for Everyone,” a part of the NHL Foundation, the NHL’s charitable and community relations organization and a major component of the League’s youth hockey programming.

The evening includes a fabulous four course gala dinner, silent, live and rainbow auctions plus so much more. The event raises funds each year to support programming at the Rady JCC’s community service efforts, notably camperships for under privileged children, scholarships and subsidies for families in need, and seniors and special needs programming.

January 20, 2020 – The Rady Jewish Community Centre is pleased to announce it will honour community activists Carol & Neil Duboff at the 48th Annual Rady JCC Ken Kronson Sports Dinner. They will be featured alongside NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, this year’s keynote speaker.

“Carol and Neil are very active members and contributors to both the Winnipeg Jewish and general communities, “said Rady JCC President Lindsay Sawyer Fay. “The Rady JCC has been fortunate to have the generous long-time support of the Duboff family since its inception.”

Carol is a retired schoolteacher who spent 33 years within the Winnipeg School Division. Even though retired, she continues to pour herself into volunteer and community work. She began over 40 years ago, calling donors on Super Sunday for Combined Jewish Appeal at the YMHA on Hargrave Avenue. Carol has been a member of Winnipeg ORT for 38 years where she has served various roles including Chapter President and Winnipeg Regional President. Some other past volunteer roles include member of the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg, and Board member of both Jewish Child and Family Service and Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Carol remains strongly connected to the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, serving in many capacities such as co-chair of Super Sunday, a member of the Women’s Philanthropy Division and has been the Chair of the Community Planning Committee for the past four years.

Neil is currently the managing partner of the firm Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter Law Corporation. Born in Winnipeg, he recognizes the importance of being involved in his community, currently serving as a Trustee of the City of Winnipeg Pension Plan, Chair of the Board of the Saint Boniface Hospital Foundation, Chair of the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue Capital Campaign, a Director of the Saint Boniface Hospital and a member of the Arab Jewish Dialogue. Some of Neil’s previous volunteer roles include Chair of the Manitoba Health Professions Advisory Council, President of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, President of Jewish Child and Family Service, Member of the Manitoba Public Utilities Board, a director of Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club, a director of the Native Association of Trust Officers, and a director of the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation.

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