Crawford roast raises $36K for Children’s Treatment Center

Marc Crawford laughs at one of the roasters' remarks Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 during the Children's Treatment Center fundraiser. The event raised over $36,000. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Some goodhearted jabs at the expense of Marc Crawford has raised over $36,000 for the Children’s Treatment Center.

Crawford, a Belleville native but with close ties and a history in the city, was the focus of a CTC Dinner and Roast Wednesday night.

Crawford was part of the Cornwall Royals in the early 1980s when they won back-to-back Memorial Cups and also met his future wife, Helene Campeau, here.

Crawford has a storied coaching career and is most recently an associate coach with the Ottawa Senators.

There were 274 people at the Best Western Parkway Inn for the $125 a plate dinner, which saw a number of big names from the hockey world take the podium.

Those included Ottawa Senators head coach Guy Boucher and Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke.

Other roasters were TSN senior manager Steve Dryden, Crawford’s children, Dylan and Kaitlin, and Marc’s brother, Bob Crawford.

The night was peppered with several video segments from some of the speakers, including a roasting montage from TSN’s James Duthie, Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger.

But Crawford had the last word.

“The work that you do (the Children’s Treatment Center) is just tremendous for all the people that work there…does terrific work,” he said.

“Helping victims of child abuse is a selfless job. It is something that is so necessary. You help fund it and 100 per cent of the funds that they need to run this very needed service are generated by people like you,” Crawford told the audience.