For a fun time today, come on down to The Back Alley for the Keep The Light On Charity event to raise awareness -- and money -- for the CJAY 92 Kids Fund. The CJAY 92 Kids Fund was started in 1998 when the station realized it had a lot of rock \'n\' roll memorabilia autographed by the likes of Pink Floyd, AC/DC and Ozzy Osbourne to name a few. The items were offered up in the first annual CJAY 92 charity rock auction.
Since then, the fund has grown through the generosity of Calgarians whose sole intention is to assist needy kids in and around our city.
The fund donates to charities and causes that make the quality of life better for these children -- from building a wheelchair-accessible park to sending kids to cancer camp, the CJAY Kids Fund helps where it can.
Donations come through special events such as the Forbes and Friends charity golf tournament and today\'s big party at The Back Alley, which is sponsored by Hooters, The Back Alley and The Dive Shop, with a beer garden by Molson and a barbecue by Spolumbos.
There will be live entertainment -- and that\'s besides the Hooters car wash! The Hooters and Back Alley girls will square off in a volleyball game. There\'s also a dunk tank, basketball shootout and a strongman exhibition hosted by former Canadian highland strongman champion, Marshall Eniss, now an international promoter behind the TV show All Strength Challenge, and featuring many big names, including Calgary\'s own Grant McReynolds.
It just so happens McReynolds is my personal trainer -- has been for years -- and just a few days shy of the first anniversary of my stroke, I\'d like to take this opportunity to thank him for helping in a big way to put me back together.
McReynolds has achieved his own degree of fame and accomplishment by winning numerous prestigious strength competitions and he is one of, if not the, strongest man in Canada.
I\'m sure he\'d have no trouble rising to Eniss\' \'rock on a stick\' challenge -- but I\'m not so sure about the rest of us.
There\'s this six-lb. rock hanging from a stick, sort of like a fishing pole.
There\'ll be a gift certificate at the end of the stick worth about $50 for all kinds of cool stuff.
To win it, all you have to do is lift the rock with the stick.
According to Eniss: \"A lot of big men have tried it with very little success.\" It\'ll cost you only $2 to find out.
CJAY\'s custom promo mobile, a \'67 Caddy affectionally known as Cadzilla, will ride off into the sunset.
She\'ll be blocked up and run until she stops, with wagers being taken on exactly when that will be.
My dad would consider this to be cruel and unusual punishment.
So come on down to The Back Alley for a good time -- but first you might want to stop and have a golf lesson because, if you\'re lucky, you could win the $1-million putt.
I don\'t golf but even I might have to give that one a try.
Who knows, maybe Gerry Forbes will don my Hitman gear again ....