"For 62 years, the essential reason for this invitational tournament is to raise funds for youth scholarships throughout Southeast Alaska and contributions to organizations that serve Juneau and southeast communities," Juneau Lions Club President Ted Burke said. "The fans turn out in large numbers to see the B and C bracket games, and that enables us to raise the funds we use to help our communities. On the other hand, the women's and intermediate games did not have a big draw."
The 2007 Gold Medal Tourney featured 5 divisions, with over 48 games over a 7-day period. "Hosting that number of games and brackets was a huge challenge to our Club and our tremendous volunteers," Burke said. "It increased the demand of hours for all workers, reduced available free time for our out of town visitors, and it increased our overall operating costs. Bottom line -- by simplifying the tournament, we should be able to distribute more funds to the youth, communities and organizations we serve."
"We serve - that's the Lions motto," Burke said. "We need more volunteers and welcome new potential Lions Club members to help us with this great tourney."
He said details are still being worked out for the increased number of teams in the B, C and Master's brackets. "Letters of interest for the 2008 tournament will be sent by Co-Chairs Lions Ed Hotch and Steve Bradner shortly."