Notebook: Rabil to host Holiday Magic Gala to benefit learning-disabled kids

Boston Cannons midfielder Paul Rabil, a former All-American at Johns Hopkins, is hosting the second annual Paul Rabil Foundation Holiday Magic Gala on Thursday, Dec. 6 at Sammy's Trattoria Restaurant in Baltimore.

Entertainment will be provided by Maryland Live Casino, and all proceeds will go to the Paul Rabil Foundation, which specializes in benefiting children with learning disabilities.


The event, which runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, is open to those age 21 and older; it will include a silent auction, wine and martini tasting, and top-shelf open bar. The gala is black tie optional, and the total cost of the event is $125, covering the cost of production, with all other proceeds going to the Paul Rabil Foundation. Washington Capitals and lacrosse play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati will serve as the master of ceremonies.

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Last year's event, also at Sammy's, raised more than $30,000 for the Lab Schools of Baltimore and Washington.

Sticks for Soldiers raises more than $65K

Last weekend, more than 700 high school boys and girls lacrosse players on 46 teams — and over 400 adult volunteers, supporters, active military, alumni and spectators — braved the cold and wind in Fairfield, Conn., and came together to raise more than $65,000 for two severely wounded Connecticut soldiers – including U.S. Army Capt. Gregory Galeazzi, a 2007 graduate of Loyola's Army ROTC program – at the seventh annual Sticks for Soldiers Thanksgiving Lacrosse Tournament.

Proceeds from this year's efforts, a new high, will support the rehabilitation needs of Galeazzi, of Glastonbury, Conn., and Marine Corps Sgt. Greg Caron of Ellington, Conn. Both men were seriously wounded with bilateral leg amputations and other injuries in separate IED explosions in Afghanistan in 2011.

The tournament and related activities have now raised more than $225,000 since 2006.
Donations are still being accepted for this year and may be sent payable to Sticks for Soldiers Inc., PO Box 475, Fairfield, Conn. 06824. For more information, go to or contact Jim Tommins at The 2013 tournament is planned for Saturday, Nov. 30, and the nonprofit is interested in spreading this tournament concept to other host schools around the country.

Quick hits

Lafayette announced the addition of freshman Ben Falcone (McDonogh) to the roster. Falcone recorded a .640 save percentage his senior year, going 15-4, and earned two varsity letters in lacrosse, football and squash. … Winthrop announced that seniors Danielle Baker (Glenelg), Lauren Bundick (Dulaney), Sydney Cope (Notre Dame Prep), Alexandra Krochta (Notre Dame Prep) and Erika Kopf (Annapolis) have signed national letters of intent. Winthrop will begin its first season of NCAA Division I competition in 2013. … Seniors Abbey Meehan (Broadneck), Mary Vaughters (St. Mary's), Alex Watson (South River) and Courtney Woolford (Northeast) signed national letters of intent to play at La Salle. … The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association and Corrigan Sports Enterprises announced that team registration for both the 2013 IWLCA Champions Cup and Capital Cup high school club lacrosse tournaments sold out in 17 and 13 minutes, respectively. Both tournaments will feature 264 teams and be contested at the River City Sportsplex in Midlothian, Va., next summer. The Champions Cup will take place June 21-23, while the Capital Cup will be played July 19-21. Online registration for the inaugural IWLCA Western Cup ( will open Monday, Dec. 3, and another sellout is anticipated. Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., will host the new tournament July 12-14. All IWLCA tournaments next year are open to student-athletes from the graduating classes of 2014-16.

Inside Lacrosse contributed.