Preds Host 2012 Hockey Fights Cancer Night This Saturday vs. Detroit

Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 4:28 PM / Community
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Preds Host 2012 Hockey Fights Cancer Night This Saturday vs. Detroit

Nashville, Tenn. (March 8, 2012) – When the Nashville Predators hit the Bridgestone Arena ice this Saturday night to take on the Detroit Red Wings, they will be showing their support for the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative with the second of two We Care for Kids benefit nights held this season – the first was held on October 27.

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To help support the fight against cancer, the Predators Foundation will hold a blind auction of the Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys worn and autographed by the players during October’s pre-game skate, and plates designed and painted by cancer patients and autographed by the players will be up for silent auction. Lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties will be donned by Preds coaches and broadcasters, and Hockey Fights Cancer themed Mystery Pucks ($25), Mystery Sticks ($25) and bracelets ($1) will be offered at the Silent Auction Table. All proceeds from the Silent Auction – and a portion of every single-game ticket sold – will be donated back to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Serving as Child Ambassador for the night will be19-year-old Ashley, a local Preds fan and cancer patient. Ashley will be given the honor of dropping the puck in a pre-game ceremonial face-off. She will also be named Mayor of Smashville for the evening – charging her with the task of welcoming the team back on the ice with an air-raid siren from the band stage after the first intermission.

Other initiatives from the night include:
   • The Nashville Predators created a web link at nashvillepredators.com/beatcancer for fans to join the fight against cancer and donate to the Nashville Predators pediatric cancer research grant.
   • In conjunction with their Be The Match campaign, Vanderbilt Gives Back will be holding a bone marrow donor drive. Fans can stop by, fill out a health form and have their cheek swabbed to join the registry.
   • Flashes of Hope will host a photo shoot for patients and their families from Children’s Hospital. flashesofhope.org
   • Several players will host a post game meet-and-greet/autograph session with patients and their families from Children’s Hospital seated in Weber’s Warriors suite.
   • Intermission entertainment provided by Soul Incision, a band comprised entirely of Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors.
   • The Silent Auction will offer premier items including MLB All-Star jersey autographed by David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, baseball bat autographed by Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals, acrylic stick autographed by the 2011-12 Nashville Predators team, plates designed by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt patients and 10 Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys worn and autographed by several different Nashville Predators players.
   • The Nashville Predators have placed three coin machines with Children’s Hospital logos around the concourse of Bridgestone Arena to collect change throughout the season. Change collected will go back to Children’s Hospital.
   • In partnership with the Rally Foundation and Blackstone Winery, $1 from every bottle of Blackstone wine will benefit the Nashville Predators Pediatric Cancer Research Fund.
   • Beads of Courage, Inc. will be selling Nashville Predators specialty beads for a $5 donation at their table on the main concourse by section 120. All proceeds from the sales will benefit the Beads of Courage programs at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This is a Tucson, AZ-based international charity that has established arts-in-medicine programs in 115 hospitals in 6 countries. BOC provides psychosocial support for children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. The Nashville Predators Foundation funds the Beads of Courage, Inc. program at Children’s Hospital. For more information, please visit beadsofcourage.org or contact Judy Diethelm/BLU MOON: 310-245-1166, judy@blumoon.com
   • Volunteers will be stationed at all main entrances collecting change from fans as they enter. They will also walk the concourse during both intermissions and solicit donations from fans.
   • Children’s Hospital patients from the hospital will ride the Zamboni during pregame and intermissions and sit in the penalty box pregame. Champ will ride the Zamboni second intermission.
   • Children’s Hospital will have information tables around the concourse: Children’s Cancer, Safety Store, Be the Match and Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee.
   • A Children’s Hospital ambulance will be placed on the plaza as fans enter the building.
   • DNC-Sportservice will solicit donations from all guests who purchase items at the concession stands. Fans have the option of donating $1 onto their purchase with the proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital.
   • Levy Restaurant will solicit donations benefitting Children’s Hospital at the Patrón Platinum Club.
   • All employees working the game will wear a lavender ribbon on their lapel.

Last summer, the Nashville Predators presented a check for $181,000 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The biggest portion of that donation, $125,000, went towards the Nashville Predators Pediatric Cancer Research Fund – an endowed fund that will always be active and to which others may donate – with the remaining portion of the donation supporting a number of programs including Beads of Courage, Books From Birth of Middle Tennessee and Flashes of Hope.

Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative created by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association which honors those in the hockey community who have struggled, or continue to struggle with the disease. This year the NHL gave all 30 teams $5,000 to go toward a cancer charity of their choice; the Nashville Predators selected Children’s Hospital. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research.

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