P.J. Stock named Au Galop Honourary President


PHOTO COURTESY VILLE DE SAINT-LAZARE

Festival Ambassador Pamela Tremblay, Mayor Robert Grimaudo, and Honourary President P. J. Stock announce the third edition of the Au Galop equestrian festival.

The Town of Saint-Lazare officially announced the event’s honour president as well as the dates of the third edition of the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival July 8 and 9.

On Monday, February 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Saint-Lazare Library, Councillor Pamela Tremblay, Ambassador of the Festival accompanied by Mayor Robert Grimaudo and members of the town council, announced the official nomination of P.J. Stock, former NHL player and sports journalist, as Honourary President of the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival.

“I am proud to be able to get involved in the community, especially through such an amazing family-focused festival,” said Stock.

P.J. Stock is a former professional hockey player who has lived in Saint-Lazare with his wife and four children for the last 12 years. During his seven years in the NHL, P.J. Stock played for several renowned teams including the New York Rangers, the Montreal Canadiens, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins. His expertise lead to a career in radio and television where he has shared his knowledge of the sport on TEAM 990 and CHOM-FM. He has also appeared on Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet and is currently part of the Antichambre team on RDS. In 2016, P.J. Stock suffered a tremendous personal loss when his brother Dean Stock passed away following a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The first foundation supported by the Festival is the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Quebec. As a tribute to Dean Stock, the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival will be giving a portion of donations received during the event to ALS Quebec. This illness generally strikes between the ages of 40 and 75. An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 Canadians over the age of 18 are currently living with ALS. More people die of ALS every year than of muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis combined.

The second foundation supported by the Festival is Centre équestre thérapeutique Marie-Laurence

The riding centre’s volunteers will be back at the Saint-Lazare Au Galop Festival for a third consecutive year collecting voluntary donations from festivalgoers at the public parking lots managed by the Town during the Festival. The centre’s main mission is improving the quality of life of children living with physical, intellectual or learning disabilities by offering them riding lessons adapted to their needs. A customized training program is created for each child.

To participate in the Festival, retailers can register for the cultural, equestrian and/or food fair. Contact Roxane Aubin, Project Manager (raubin@ville.saint-lazare.qc.ca or (450) 424-8000, ext. 281) before April 28, 2017. Deadline for sponsorship opportunities is May 1, 2017.

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