Murray Dryden's Legacy!

Murray Dryden, who founded Sleeping Children Around the World along with his wife, Margaret, knew the value of having a proper financial foundation. Being a salesman during the depression years, and many times not being able to afford food and a place to sleep, he appreciated and understood the value of a good night’s rest. When SCAW became a growing concern, Murray knew that they were onto something of tremendous value to very needy children in poor countries.

So, when it came time to pass things on, Murray willed the Dryden Family Etobicoke home to SCAW along with three tree farms. The tree farms were sold for $3,000,000 and that Legacy (the house and the money from the tree farms) has allowed SCAW to remain as “THE 100% CHARITY”. The Dryden home at 28 Pinehurst Crescent continues to be SCAW’s home office.

At the first Pinehurst Club Breakfast in 2009, the distribution of Sleeping Children’s millionth bedkit was celebrated. This was followed up at the 2010 Breakfast celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Sleeping Children Around The World. At the 2011 breakfast, we honoured the memory of Murray Dryden, the Founder of SCAW, who would have been 100 years old in 2011. Silken Laumann was the keynote speaker at our 4th breakfast in 2012. Our 5th breakfast was with Paul Henderson in 2013.


Join us at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West Toronto, Ontario M5J 1E4 on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014. Schedule below. Click to order your tickets.

Here's the schedule for the Pinehurst Club Breakfast on May 7th, 2014 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West, Toronto:

  • 7:00 am – Coffee, Meet & Greet
  • 7:30 am (SHARP) – Program begins
  • 9:00 am (SHARP) – Program concludes

ABOUT Our SIXth Breakfast

Murray and Margaret Dryden have left us with a wonderful Legacy – “The 100% Charity” known as Sleeping Children Around The World. They not only created SCAW, but they nurtured it and provided the financial foundation for its survival long after they left this earth. Murray passed away on February 1, 2004, at the age of 92.

On Wednesday, May 7th The Pinehurst Club™ held its 6th Annual Breakfast with Neil Aitchison as keynote speaker.

For the past 5 years, Neil Aitchison has been our Master of Ceremonies at our Pinehurst Club breakfasts. Many have said that they would come just to hear him do his stuff as our M.C.! Well, this year, you can get even more of Neil because he has agreed to be our “Keynote Speaker”.

A career in broadcasting has taught Neil that laughter is not only fun, but necessary for surviving and thriving in today’s changing times. Neil Aitchison is a popular speaker, M.C., actor, former broadcast executive and radio personality. He will share a few laughs, some honest reflections on life and clearly demonstrate how you can cope with life’s constant changes and stresses by exercising your humour option.

Born in Harriston, Ontario, Neil was the first graduate of Conestoga College in Kitchener, and lives in Waterloo with his first wife, Helen. When not speaking (when is he not speaking?), he is kept busy as the Senior Manager of Market Development for MELLOUL- BLAMEY CONSTRUCTION, one of Ontario’s largest and most diversified construction firms. Previously, he spent 6 years as Director of Development for Drayton Entertainment, one of Canada’s most successful theatre companies. In fact, last summer, Neil was featured in Drayton’s very successful stage production of “SORRY, I’M CANADIAN”.

Neil is involved in a number of community events, activities and associations. He is a charter member of the Kitchener Westmount Rotary Club and has twice been named a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest award for community service in 1991 and again in 1999. He is an Honourary Sergeant Major of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for having made a significant contribution at home and abroad in 2002, followed by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

If you have never heard Neil, this is a wonderful opportunity to start your day on the right note (he was also a singer of Barbershop Harmony in Kitchener-Waterloo!). If you have attended one or all of our previous Pinehurst Club Breakfasts, you will already know how Neil“ ONECLAP” Aitchison can change your day with fun and laughter. Plan now on joining Neil, a true Canadian Loonie, with over six hundred of his friends and fans on May 7th at The Pinehurst Club Breakfast.

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