Yesterday was the 4th annual Toy Drive in Milton put on by the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation and supported in a large part by Troy Newton of Troy’s Diner. As Ive said many times before, you dont have to be in Milton very long to know about Troy’s. Great food, great service, amazing staff and Troy’s impact on our community can not be measured.
I was happy to help out in supporting the Miracle on Main Street this year and every year it just gets bigger and better. There were reindeer, Santa Claus himself came down from the North Pole to say hi to the kids, live entertainment by Milton’s own Jon Abrams as well as Prita Chhabra, a merry go round, silent auctions, the worlds most famous hockey dad Walter Gretzky and thousands of toys for the toy drive.
On a personal note, Ive known Troy for as long as I’ve been a Miltonian and he does have a heart of gold. He was asked by Jennifer Valentyne from BT yesterday why does he do this and his reply is simple but very telling of who he is. Isnt it what we should be doing?
Troy and his team help out at so many community events and when called upon, he’s there no questions asked.
I havent heard an official total yet from the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation of what the total amount raised but I heard yesterday from Mayor Gord Krantz that the total was close to $200,000!!!! WOW! That will bring more smiles to kids faces this Christmas than before. An outstanding effort by a group of outstanding volunteers. The team should be commeded for their efforts yesterday.
And to top it all off, yesterday morning in front of the diner Troy was presented with the Queens Diamond Jubilee award for his years of community support. It gets said so often but its so true with this…there is no other person that deserves this honour more than Troy. Congratulations and Im very proud to call you my friend. Check out the video below of the presentation live on Breakfast Television.
Just an update on the Miracle on Main coming up on Monday December 17th being held at Troys Diner downtown.
Due to a schedule conflict, Jimmy Hart wont be able to attend the event as was recently posted. We’re hoping the Mouth of the South will be able to attend future events but he regrets that he cant make it. Next time Jimmy !!! 🙂
Still there are lots of reasons to come down in support of the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation Miracle on Main Monday morning at 6am, at Troys Diner. There will be lots for the kids to do…games, magicians, Johnny Bower, Walter Gretzky, Tiger Ali Singh as well as Jennifer Valentyne from Breakfast Television.
I hope to see everyone there…and please bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive.
Monday December 17th is going to be a great day. Not only is it my birthday (cheap plug) but its going to be the day to be at Troy’s Diner for Miracle on Main Street.
The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation presents this great family event at LIVE in downtown Milton at 295 Main Street E.
The list of the celebrities is going to knock everyone socks off and they include appearances by:
– Tiger Jeet Singh & Tiger Ali Singh – Milton Walk of Fame Members and international superstars!
– Canada’s Most Famous Hockey Dad Walter Gretzky,
– Stanley Cup Champion Johnny Bower,
– Toronto Rock member Garrett Billings…
Admittance is free and all we ask is that you bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive. There will be games, amusement rides and lots of things to keep everyone busy. Breakfast Television BT will be there with Jennifer Valentyne to host this great event.
It all starts at 6AM and goes to 9AM….so be there early to take part in this annual tradition. Over the last few years the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in toys to support Sick Kids Hospital, Salvation Army, McMaster Childrens Hospital and Halton Womens Place. This year looks to be the biggest yet.
For more information please go to www.miracleonmain.ca on how you can support the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation to help make this Christmas a happy one for so many children.
Even in the early hours of Monday morning you could feel the excitement. I got to Troy’s Diner Best Western location shortly after 6AM to a full parking lot and over a hundred people running about.
City TV’s Breakfast Television was setting up their live feed as the toys were being put into the trailers for their journey to the Salvation Army, Sick Kids Hospital and Halton Womens Place to put smiles on childrens faces for Christmas morning.
They actually had to call in another trailer as the two they had in place were filled to the brim and almost overflowing.
Among the notables in attendance was Canada’s most famous hockey dad Walter Gretzky who worked the room non stop talking to kids of all ages, signing autographs and smiling for pictures. This man has no ends to his energy and is truly a classy gentleman. Johnny Bower was also running around to the delight of Leaf fans in the room. Santa-Tiger Ali Singh could be seen signing autographs with his father Tiger Jeet Singh recounting their years in professional wrestling.
Even I got a picture with “The Champ”
The tables were filled with silent auction items that ranged from signed merchandise by Walter and Johnny to Raptors Tickets and other great prizes. Congratulations to Troy, his staff and all the volunteers that put countless hours of effort to make this drive the best yet. I havent heard any official numbers but I do know last years total was blown away BIG TIME. This event also wouldnt be what it is without the efforts and dedication of Tiger Jeet Singh and Tiger Ali Singh and their family.
Its heartwarming to know that there will be a few more smiles on kids faces this Christmas morning because of the generosity and love of all those involved.
With a new Milton, Ontario public school named after him opening this fall, Tiger Jeet Singh is out preaching his message: “Stay in school, say no to drugs, stay Tiger-fit.”
“That’s the three things I’m saying, I’m preaching all over. I can’t go everywhere, but the demand is so strong we are getting invitations to schools, temples,” the 65-year-old Singh said.
By now, the story Jagit Singh Hans, who came to Canada from India with nothing, became an internationally-famous wrestler, and then an important land developer and philanthropist in his adopted country is well known, thanks in part to a widely-aired documentary, Tiger!
To celebrate the school and other blessings, Singh is teaming with his son, former WWE star Tiger Ali Singh, and Squared Circle Training, to promote an all-day wrestling event, TigerFest 2010, as a part of the Downtown Milton Street Festival on Saturday, June 5th. The community’s top amateur high school grapplers will compete during the day, followed a free pro wrestling show at 5 p.m., featuring Sonjay Dutt, Robbie MacAllister of the Highlanders, Greg Valentine, and Steve Corino. Proceeds will go to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. (More info at www.tigerjeetsingh.com.)
Sidelined by concussion issues in 2001, Tiger Ali, 37, has only competed in a handful of bouts in Japan since. He will be strapping on the boots for a hometown crowd.
“We thought, you know what, we have that celebrity, let’s use it for drawing in the people from outside of Milton, from all southern Ontario,” said Tiger Ali Singh. “From what we’ve heard, we have people traveling in, flying in, because this will be the first time I think I’ve fought since the formerly-known SkyDome with WWE in the late ’90s.”
If it seems like the Singhs have come out of seclusion, that is because they have. Tiger Ali’s concussion, suffered in Puerto Rico while employed by WWE, was his third in nine months. It resulted in a long struggle back and a lot of resentment — and a lawsuit — against the wrestling company.
“Forget about wrestling, I was just trying to get my life back health-wise. It took about three years, and then when I finally did, during that three years, I was just mellowing in sorrow, getting depressed,” Tiger Ali admitted. “I was very, very fortunate to have a loving family, parents, great friends, support group, that during that time of healing health-wise, I also moved on with my life and went back into the family foundation of what business was, which was land development and real estate.
“By the time my health came around, I was so engrossed in it, that I really didn’t have any time to look at pro wrestling.”
At least in North America. The Singhs attempted to lead a tour of India, that fell apart at the last minute with all the wrestlers already in the country. Protecting the image of Tiger Jeet Singh was important once the backers of the tour bailed, said Tiger Ali. “In India, we couldn’t compromise. That’s why we took the bulls by the horn when some of the promoters left, and Dad held a press conference, we sat with all the proper authorities and we made sure, out of pocket, that we paid each and every talent guarantees, even though the promoters had left.
“Reputation is everything, what goes around comes around, we wanted to make sure if were coming back to do events again, that none of the talent would be apprehensive.”
In mid-May, the Singhs went to their first fan fest, in New Jersey and were overwhelmed.
“We weren’t expecting anybody to want our autographs. The reason? I never wrestled in the States, and Junior, he’d been out of the business for so many years. People forget. But it was unbelievable,” said Tiger Jeet. “The crowd was amazing, and the people, all the old memories, and especially my old, old buddies.”
One of those friends was Nikolai Volkoff. “He closed his booth. He was selling pictures,” recalled Tiger Jeet. “He came and gave me a big hug. ‘Tiger, tell me something, is that your second life? Shit, you look so young!’ Then I told him, ‘Human beings never get old. The only reason you get old is if you have some stress or problem. God is great, we are fine and we are happy.'”
Giving back has always been important to the Singhs, and TigerFest is their second fundraising effort alongside Troy Newton, who Tiger Ali met more than a decade ago through Owen Hart. Though they were all from Milton, they never kept in touch.
Reacquainted at the Milton Walk of Fame ceremony, where Tiger Jeet Singh and Tiger Ali Singh were honoured alongside other names such as “Mr. Dressup” Ernie Coombs, astronaut Chris Hadfield and NHL players and referees John Tonelli, Peter McDuffe, Enio Sclisizzi, Mike Kaszycki, Leon Stickle and Bruce Hood, Newton recruited the Singhs to help with his Christmas Toy Drive.
“That bug hit us at that time,” said Tiger Ali. “We’ve always been there, dad and I, whenever a charity called.”
Always well-dressed, often sporting massive watches and rings, Tiger Jeet is honest about his wealth.
“They ask, ‘How much your net worth?’ I say, ‘Enough,'” he said. “I’m living very simple. I like to do a lot of charity work, like helping children. And God is great, he give us his blessing, like I never expected in my life.”