RPB members organized their last big gathering at Shoeless Joe’s on December 27th after our beloved Joe himself announced at the beginning of December that Shoeless Joe’s would be closing its doors at the end of the month. With such a short window to celebrate in style, members old and new joined in the festivities or dropped in throughout the month to shake Joe’s hand to thank and wish him well.
“We celebrate everything that bar has meant to us. Joe’s has been our rock through thick and thin, and I consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have called it home for so many years,” expressed one RPB member.
Joe’s has been the home to the Red Patch Boys since 2007 when TFC first started. It has also been a hub for the entire soccer community.
“Joe’s has always been there for us, and we’ve always been there for Joe, Kim (wife) and the incredible staff.”
RPB members giving a speech to honour Joe (middle) at Shoeless Joe’s
Joe, has accepted that this chapter of owning Shoeless Joe’s at King and Dufferin has come to an end. Joe has always gone above and beyond to accommodate RPB – treated the group like family. We wish Joe, Kim and staff well in their future endeavours.
Shoeless Joe’s Restaurant, previously located at King and Dufferin, became the unofficial “clubhouse” for the RPB’s, hosting pre and post game socials as well as various club meetings. The outstanding service and hospitality exhibited by owners Joe and Kim Cho quickly lead credence to the chant “This is our house”.
RPB members gathered at Shoeless Joe’s
The Supporters Cup Tournament was held on Sunday, October 27 at BMO Training Grounds. The cold and heavy wind challenged the teams.
RPB did not come out on top but endured and persevered. Thanks to all players and spectators who organized and participated on the blustery day!
Supporters Cup Tournament RPB team
Supporting Mental Health Home & Away
The RPB Charity and Community Team had created a new campaign to bring awareness to mental health and wellness. The initiative combined a campaign of fundraising through online donations and raffle prize draws, posting RPB-centric awareness content and concluded with a 5k run.
The campaign kick off brought awareness to World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday, September 10. Over the subsequent weeks, a series of quotes were posted to Red Patch Boys social media platforms from TFC Alumni and RPB members. The campaign ended unofficially on World Mental Health Day, Thursday, October 10 but continued to raise funds for the Charity Challenge RPB team in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (5K Division) on Sunday, October 20.
This year’s campaign ended with just over $1,200 in donations to CAMH – The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Thanks to all for helping the cause. We look forward to next year’s campaign.
Image of RPB scarves, participant 5K medal and beer can promotion for participants after the run available only at Craft Brewery
For many Canadians the fight against cancer goes on and so our tradition here at Red Patch Boys of working with the Terry Fox Foundation continues again this year. Since 2007, contributions have been made to the foundation which helps raise funds for cancer research. Participation has included everything from annual Terry Fox Run teams and head shave events to fundraiser raffles. RPB members and friends completed the run on Sunday, September 15. This year’s campaign ended with a donations amounting to $932.13 and that means over the years RPB members, friends & family have donated an even $29,000 to the Foundation! Thanks all for helping the cause. We look forward to reaching the $30K mark in next year’s campaign.
On Wednesday, September 4th, RPB was represented on the Supporter Team in the Competitive Division at the All for One Cup Tournament.
This fundraising recreational event encourages Toronto companies to enter teams into the tournament and each team will draft a TFC player. The Supporter Team found themselves in a draw with the first place team which went on to kicks from the penalty mark and subsequent loss. Thanks to the RPB representatives who played and spectated.
All for One Cup Tournament – Supporters team