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Todd Pokrywa is flanked by former NHL players Todd Warriner and Georges Laraque.

Todd Pokrywa likes going back to visit his hometown of Toronto, especially during the summer.

The president of the Viera Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., was the top individual fundraiser for the 25th Hockey Helps the Homeless Bay Street Tournament in Toronto.

Pokrywa raised $8,235 for Eva’s Initiatives, a local homeless agency in Toronto. Approximately $240,000 was raised in total.

“I leveraged my personal and professional networks here in Florida as well as in and around my hometown of Toronto, Canada,” Pokrywa said. “I am very grateful for the tremendous support for a cause that is important to my family and me. My wife Cyndi also raised funds for the tournament as an honorary player.”

The one-day event was held June 25. Sixteen former National Hockey League players participated in the popular event and two women’s Olympic team members played. There were 11 teams.

Todd Warriner and Georges Laraque, both former NHL players, played with Pokrywa on the Boom 97.3 team. During his career, Warriner played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators. Laraque played for the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pokrywa has worked for the Viera Company since October 2014, when he was named senior vice president of land use planning. He was named president in September 2018.