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    2008 Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame News

    Greetings from your Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame. This is the second bulletin we have sent out to all inducted members and friends.


    The email addresses were obtained from the past two induction dinners,
    2005 and 2007. As to the latest news, there has been much activity at
    our Hall of Fame, as follows :


    1. Class of '09.  At a May 12th media conference, we announced our 2009 inductees. They are Jerry Abernathy, Andrea Hutchens, and Todd MacCulloch as players, Bob
      Hazell and Mike Spack as builders, and the 1995-96 Brandon University
      Bobcats and the 1992-93, 93-94, 94-95, 95-96, and 96-97 Warren
      Collegiate Wildcats Varsity Girls as teams.

    2. Induction Dinner. Our 12th induction dinner will take place on Saturday, October 3 at the Victoria Inn on Wellington Street near the airport. Tickets are
      $65.00 and will be available soon - more information to follow in the
      near future.

    3. New Floor. On that same day, we officially opened the new floor at our Hall of Fame.
      We are very thankful to Big Sky Enterprises (Shawn Atamanchuk) and
      Fabris-Milano (Rick Watts) for donating the materials and labour. It
      looks great – drop by the U. of W. and check it out.

    4. Online Donations.
      The MBHOF now has the ability to accept secure online donations through
      the National Sport Trust Fund and Sport Manitoba.  All donations
      over$50 will be eligible for a full tax receipt (as per CRA
      guidelines).  The donations we receive will all be funneled into the
      enhancements at the Hall of Fame location at the U of W.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

    5. Funding Grant. We
      also announced that we have received a grant from Culture and Heritage
      Manitoba to assist us in the further implementation of our Design Plan
      which has been developed for us by Candace Hogue.

    6. Fundraising Bingos. As
      part of that grant, we have been assigned two BINGO dates for which we
      need seven (7) “volunteers to work. These are great money makers for us
      and we do not want to do anything to jeopardize our status with
      Lotteries Manitoba. Please check your calendars and, if you are
      available and willing to help, please email Ross Wedlake at
      rwedlake@mts.net or call him at 668-9494. Both are at the
      McPhillips Street Station. If you have never done a bingo before, they
      are very easy, can be fun, and you’ll be working with other Hall of
      Fame people. Please help is you can. Thanks in advance. The dates are :

    • Monday, August 24 – 4:00 – 6:45 P.M.

    • Saturday, September 5 – 6:00 – 9:45 P.M.

    All the best - have a great summer !







    MacCulloch, Hutchens, Abernathy, Spack, Hazell, Part of '09 Induction Class



    The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame today formally announced the
    names of the players, builders and teams that will be part of the
    Hall's induction class for 2009. The three Athletes include former NBA player Todd MacCulloch, early 1990's Wesmen
    stand-out Andrea Hutchens and Brandon Bobcat star Jerry Abernathy from
    the late 1970's. Those joining the Hall in the Builder category include
    Mike Spack and Bob Hazell. The two teams being inducted are the 1996
    Brandon Bobcats
    Men's national championship team and the Warren Collegiate Wildcats
    Varsity Girls 5 provincial championship teams ranging from 1992 and
    1997. The group will be officially inducted into the MBHOF
    on Saturday October 3, 2009 at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. The Hall
    of Fame also officially unveiled the recently installed hardwood floor
    renovation at the physical site located at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre
    (400 Spence Street in Winnipeg). The upgrade comes as part of the very
    generous donations by Big Sky Enterprises (Shawn Atamanchuk) of
    Headingly, MB and Fabris-Milano (Rick Watts) of Winnipeg. The
    basketball floor includes a history of the 'key' with three different
    floor markings that the sport of basketball has used over the past 100+
    years. Keep reading for more on the inductees and photos from the news
    conference... Read more...













    Hall Class of '09 Announced May 12, 2009


    The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame will be holding a news conference to announce their 2009 honored inductees on Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. at the Manitoba Basketball Hall Fame located on the 2nd floor of the Duckworth Athletic Centre, University of Winnipeg, 400 Spence Street. The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame proudly displays the names of the past inductees and various display cases featuring
    exhibits reflecting the glorious history of basketball in Manitoba. In addition to the announcement, there will be the official opening of the new hardwood floor which was installed at the Hall of Fame in early
    May. This event is open to the public to attend. The official induction dinner is scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. Tickets to the dinner will be available shortly. For more information on the MBHOF or on the 2009 announcement...

    For more information please contact:

    Ross Wedlake, Chairperson
    Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame

    or visit http://www.mbhof.com






    September 2008 Updates 

    To all members and friends of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame ;

    The 12th Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2009.  Arrangements are well underway to make this another very special evening, not only for those to be inducted, but for all Hall of Fame members, and the basketball community, in general.


    The details are as follows

    • the induction dinner will be held at the Victoria Inn - Wellington Room, reserved tables of eight (8) will be available; tables will be designated for groups so you can sit with those you know ; our Basketball Hall of Fame is growing rapidly and we hope to have some interesting basketball memorabilia on display at the dinner ; in addition, we are planning some draws with some interesting prizes 

    • In the past two years, we have improved our website and added more
      display cases. Wenow have an interactive computer kiosk in the hall
      which allows visitors to access our website and other related websites.
      Wehave also installed storage drawers under the cases which allow for
      more regular rotation of our displays and updating our pictorial
      display cards.
    If you have not visited the Hall of Fame lately in its permanent location on the 2nd floor at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre, please do so any day. Furthermore, we are very proud of our website at www.mbhof.com. – check it out !
    We need your support ! Our Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame is, and will be, only as strong as its members.  Our Hall of Fame weekend is scheduled only every second year and it is becoming something very special for our entire basketball community. We ask our members for their direct support, by buying a ticket and attending the dinner.


    Cheques, made out to the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame, should be sent to Basketball Manitoba, 200 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4M2.

    We hope to see all of our members and friends “step up” and support our Hall of Fame. Please do your part – we are counting on you ! 


    Yours in basketball ;

    Ross Wedlake (Hall of Fame, 1996), Chair – Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame    
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