HazloLaw hits it out of park with charity softball game

Law firm donates prize money from inaugural event to Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and CHEO
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How fitting that Dean Blachford would organize a charity softball game. As an expert in tax dispute resolution, the lawyer with HazloLaw often spends his days going to bat for his clients.

Blachford recruited many of his contacts from the chartered accounting biz to participate in HazloLaw's inaugural event, held Thursday afternoon at the RA Centre.

There were professionals there from GGFL, Welch, BDO Canada, MNP, Logan Katz, Hendry Warren, Kelly Huibers McNeely, McCay Duff, Crowe BGK, Envolta, and Bouris, Wilson, along with the Big Four professional services firms PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG.

The only player not from the accounting and tax world was Blachford's partner, Stephanie Talsma, director of programs at CAAWS (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity).

The co-ed game followed slow-pitch softball rules.

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Professionals from 15 chartered accounting firms across the city participated in the inaugural HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Organizer Dean Blachford and team captain Jaime Wendland are seen congratulating teammates on a great effort during the inaugural HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Matt Stewart
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Team captain Jaime Wendland, senior manager at Hendry Warren LLP, makes a great catch as Kyle Royer, a manager at Logan Katz LLP, tries to get to base during the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Matt Stewart
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Nick Nadeau, senior associate at PwC, at bat during the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Matt Stewart.
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From left, Hugues Boisvert, founder and CEO of HazloLaw, in action as Gavin Miranda, a partner with MNP LLP, runs to base during the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Matt Stewart
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There was strong batting and fielding at the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Matt Stewart
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There was strong batting and fielding at the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Matt Stewart
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Organizer Dean Blachford on the pitching mound during the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Matt Stewart
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Greg Kauffeldt throws to the third baseman during the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Matt Stewart,

HazloLaw offered up the prize money of $1,000 to be donated to the first-place team’s charity of choice (the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation). No charity went home empty handed, however. It was announced after the game that HazloLaw was also dishing out $500 to the losing team’s pick (the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation).

Lydia Blanchard, director of community engagement for the CHEO Foundation, and Grace Moreland, community events manager for the cancer foundation, had an opportunity to speak about the programs and services boosted by donations to their organizations. Their presence also accounted for half of the cheering section during the game.

Among the players seen running the bases and catching balls was former Forty Under 40 recipient Hugues Boisvert, founder and CEO of HazloLaw, a boutique business law firm. 

The game remained a close one during the first few innings but the white team, captained by Joey Belanger, senior staff accountant at Welch LLP, kept racking up the runs to beat out the blue team, led by Jaime Wendland, senior manager at Hendry Warren LLP, with a score of 24 to 11. Everyone left the field in good spirits, though, and headed to the RA Centre's outdoor patio for beers and pub food.

With clear skies, warm temperatures and a slight breeze, it turned out to be a perfect day for playing ball.

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From left, organizer Dean Blachford with team captain Jaime Wendland, Hugues Boisvert and team captain Joey Belanger at the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips

“This was a great idea,” Shawn Roussy, a partner with Logan Katz LLP, told OBJ.social while socializing with the other players after the game. “I prefer doing this to playing in a golf tournament. When you’re golfing, you’re stuck with your foursome but, here, you get to meet a lot more people.”

Blachford told OBJ.social how grateful he was to the accountants for taking part. "These accountants are very important to me, from a business standpoint, but I've also gotten to know many of them very well over years. To have a chance to get everyone together and to see them hang out like this and have a great time is just so fantastic."

Blachford, who was also delighted to have representatives there from the two charities, said the charity softball game will become an annual thing.

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From left, PwC Law lawyer Ian MacGregor, who was a third-base coach during the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game, with Nick Nadeau, at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Dominic Piscopo and Binna Choi, both with Deloitte, played in the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Shawn Roussy from Logan Katz with Gilles Roy from BDO Canada at the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, Greg Kauffeldt, from McCay Duff, with Kyle Royer, from Logan Katz, and David DiNardo, president and CEO of Envolta Inc., at the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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Organizer Dean Blachford and his partner, Stephanie Talsma at the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, organizer Dean Blachford, team captain Joey Belanger, Grace Moreland from the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and Hugues Boisvert at the cheque presentation held following the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips
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From left, organizer Dean Blachford, team captain Jaime Wendland, Lydia Blanchard from the CHEO Foundation, and Hugues Boisvert at the cheque presentation held following the HazloLaw Charity Softball Game held at the RA Centre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Photo by Caroline Phillips

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