CNSC 2008 Press Release
(As posted on Canada NewsWire)
Attention News/Assignment Editors:
World's most popular word game turns S-I-X-T-Y!
Scrabble(R) celebrates it's Diamond Anniversary with 3 Back-to-Back Events in Toronto TORONTO, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Tuesday April 1st through to Monday April 7th - designated SCRABBLE Week in Toronto - features three unique events to commemorate the anniversary of the classic word game. Beginning with Frontier College's fourth annual SCRABBLE Corporate Challenge literacy fundraiser, followed by the 6th Canadian National SCRABBLE Championships and ending with Performing Arts Lodge's annual SCRABBLE with the Stars charity event. On April 3rd, Frontier College's SCRABBLE Corporate Challenge, presented by TSX Group, takes place at the Design Exchange in Toronto. Bay Street law firms, investment firms, financial institutions and blue chip corporations play SCRABBLE and compete against each other for the coveted TSX Cup. Teams cost $5,000 and consist of four players and four guests who get to meet and mingle with Canada's top executives, bid on terrific silent auction items, enjoy great food and lots of competitive fun. Proceeds from the Corporate Challenge are used by Frontier College to offer literacy programs for children, youth and adults across Canada. On April 4th - 7th, a full deck of 52 SCRABBLE experts from across the country meet in Toronto for the biggest ever Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship. Among them will be the winners of all five past events, three past World Champions, players from seven provinces (and two states) from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia, big names from the growing subcult of serious Scrabble players. << - Adam Logan is the defending champion, the only two-time champion, and has also held the U.S. and World titles. He's a 32-year-old mathematician currently working at the University of Waterloo and one of the fastest minds on the planet. - David Boys is a past Canadian and World Champion, and has mellowed since his appearance as a "streetwise hustler" in the documentary film "Word Slingers", but this second-seeded 44-year-old computer programmer is out to show he still has what it takes. - Joel Wapnick, also a past Canadian, U.S. and World Champion and veteran of Scrabble documentaries, is a 61-year-old music educator from McGill University. His depth of experience is surpassed only by his total command of the tournament lexicon. - Robin Pollock Daniel, the top-ranked female competitor, identifies herself as a mother and psychotherapist, often represents Canada in international play, and lives in Toronto. >> Longtime CNSC Director John Chew organizes one major tournament each month, anywhere from Mumbai to Orlando, and produces exciting web coverage including interactive games that put the viewer right in the champion's seat for the finals. This year's event begins Friday with a one-day early bird tournament that will be attended by some top players as well as many lower-ranked players competing for one of two wildcard berths available to the main event, one being reserved for under-18 players. The main event runs Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, and then the top two finalists compete for the championship on Monday morning. And to complete the week long event, mingle with the stars at the Fourth Annual Performing Arts Lodge's SCRABBLE With The Stars charity event taking place on the evening of April 7th at The Suites at 1 King West. The event will be hilariously co hosted by Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath. Other faces familiar to film, TV. and stage audiences will include Gordon Pinsent, Peter Kent, Michael Burgess, R.H. Thomson, Marilyn Lightstone, Jeanne Beker and Jackie Richardson. There will be a silent auction followed by wine and dinner, then out come the Scrabble boards with a celebrity at each table of four. Magnificent prizes include first class Via Rail travel, luxurious stays at Novotel and a huge surprise package of luxurious goodies courtesy of Scotiabank. The proceeds raised will help pay for the much needed part time services of a health care professional so that ailing and enfeebled PAL Place residents can continue to live with dignity in their own apartment, among their fellow pros. For more information on Frontier College, visit www.scrabblenightincanada.ca or call 416-923-3591, ext. 335. For more information on the 6th Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship and to follow along as it takes place please visit http://www.scrabblecanada.com or call John Chew at 416-876-7675. For more information about PAL Toronto's unique fund raiser, SCRABBLE With The Stars, visit www.scrabblewiththestars.ca or phone 416-777-9674. About Hasbro Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.
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