The funds will go to the Northern Cancer Foundation.
“We’ve had a record number of donations — over $1,000 this year,” said event organizer Nancy Hryciw. “A lot of our players in the league are teachers and brought in about $1,700 which was collected through three schools' dress down days,” she said.
McLeod Public School paid their dress down day money in advance and added another $900 to the total.
Each player from the 12 teams in the league also collected pledge money for the event which has resulted in a grand total of $110,000 raised in the past eight years.
“To think that when we started we were just hoping to raise $1,000 for the first year,” said Hryciw.
The fundraiser began in 2006 when Sandy Gorman, a player in the league, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“We got together as a team and decided a Tug-of-War would be a great way to show emotional support,” said Hryciw. “It’s also symbolic -- we were pulling for her.”
Gorman, who has been cancer free for seven years, was at the fundraiser to support the team she played on up until two years ago.
“I am humbled by the amount of money that has been raised,” Gorman said.
She credits the “positive feelings” she received from her team and the “Pulling for the Cure” event as one of the reasons her cancer treatment was so successful.
“It’s going on seven years and I still get emotional,” she said.
All the teams competed in the tug-of-war event. The Walden Wild pulled their way to victory in the final round against the Chelmsford Animal Hospital. That meant an end to the reign of the Jackson Auto team, which had won seven years in a row.
Greater Sudbury's police and fire departments were on hand to compete in their long-standing tug-of-war grudge match – with the police successfully defending their title win from last year.
Both departments are strong supporters of cause, said Hryciw.
“They coach our teams and encourage the girls to tug as hard as they can,” she said. “If a team is short players, they can purchase either police or firemen to fill those spots. The donation gets added to the fundraising pot.”
Hryciw said she is amazed they have reached the $110,000 mark, but have no plans to stop there.
“It’s getting easier each year, the word is spreading,” Hryciw said.
Whenever she gets a big donation, she always wonders about the story behind the gift.
“Everybody has a reason to pull,” she said.