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Preds 2012 GnashVegas Gala Ball A Huge Success

Thursday, 02.16.2012 / 5:21 PM CT / Community
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Preds 2012 GnashVegas Gala Ball A Huge Success

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Fans of the Nashville Predators got a rare chance to test their skills against their favorite hockey players Wednesday night—not on the ice but above it, as they faced off at blackjack and other games for a good cause at the Predators Foundation’s 2012 GnashVegas Casino Night and Auction. Held on the covered rink inside Bridgestone Arena, the annual fund-raiser featured a photo booth with Preds players, food from area restaurants, many items available for auction, and live music.

One highlight of the night was an impromptu duet of “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” with Predators forward Colin Wilson and Big Kenny of popular country music duo Big & Rich. The rendition earned the Predators Foundation a $1,000 donation from one of the 900 attendees. Big Kenny played auctioneer for a few of the premium items, selling a spot on a Florida road trip with the team for $9,000. Other auction items included autographed jerseys, photos and equipment; baskets reflecting the interests of various Preds players; country music memorabilia like a cowboy hat signed by Toby Keith and tickets to an upcoming Brad Paisley show with a meet & greet; and more.

All told, the event raised over $120,000 for the Predators Foundation, which has awarded more than $3 million in financial grants and donations since its 1998 inception. Last year, the foundation awarded its largest one-time allocation in its history, contributing over $325,000 to 116 charities. The Foundation has also provided in-kind donations, including memorabilia and tickets, to many organizations and fund-raising events.

The foundation’s next major fund-raiser is the 2012 Wine Festival & Tasting, scheduled for March 23. This event, which made its debut in 2006, brings in over 200 different types of higher end wines to the floor of Bridgestone Arena. For more information and to register, visit www.nashvillepredators.com/wine.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 56 11 31 0 42
F. Forsberg 56 18 18 -7 36
S. Weber 56 15 21 -2 36
M. Ribeiro 56 6 30 3 36
J. Neal 56 21 14 19 35
M. Ekholm 56 6 19 3 25
R. Ellis 55 6 16 2 22
C. Jarnkrok 55 11 8 2 19
C. Smith 56 11 7 -1 18
R. Johansen 16 4 12 6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 8 .902 2.57
C. Hutton 6 2 1 .924 2.10