The Tampa Bay Lightning is doing their part in cancer awareness as they join local Tampa Bay community leader Steve Yerrid and The Yerrid Foundation in hosting Tampa Bay Fights Cancer night on Saturday, October 29, 2011.
The Lightning will be hosting this event, in conjunction with the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative for the 12th consecutive season and as in the past will do their part to help raise awareness in support of finding a cure.
In the Tampa Bay area alone more than 2,000 individuals that have been affected by the disease or that are helping to find a cure in this area have been invited to Saturday night’s game in which the Lightning will host the Winnipeg Jets at 7:00 p.m. in a Southeast Division match-up.
The event brings numerous charitable organizations together in dealing with the disease and over 75,000 cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, families, doctors, nurses and volunteers have participated in Tampa Bay Fights Cancer Night activities.
The Yerrid Foundation and Lightning Foundation have teamed up with their goal of bringing the cause to the forefront of the community and are providing tickets and t-shirts to all participants, as well as food vouchers to all children from the various organizations.
The event begins with more than 40 guests having the opportunity to sit on the players’ bench and in the penalty box during pre-game skate, meet and greet Lightning players and as well visits to the Lightning radio and television booths.
Lightning Owner and Chairman Jeff Vinik and Steve Yerrid will begin the event with a ceremonial opening puck drop and moment of silence in honor of those who lost the battle to the disease.
All of the participants will be wearing familiar Yerrid Foundation yellow t-shirts, which symbolizes hope among members of the community and for all those who would like to support the event will have the opportunity to purchase special shirts during the game outside of sections 112 and 310.
Kohl’s Cares, the charity arm of Kohl’s Department Stores, will be providing volunteers for t-shirt distribution, as well as to help escort participants throughout the arena. The organization is also donating $500 through the Lightning Foundation.
Additionally, 11 local organizations will be provided with tickets for the Lightning-Jets game including Children’s Cancer Center, Children’s Dream Fund, All Children’s Hospital, Faces of Courage, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Moffitt Cancer Center, Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, 1 Voice Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Tampa General Hospital.
About Hockey Fights Cancer
Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a joint charitable initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association. It is supported by players, NHL member clubs, NHL alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer™ is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, Hockey Fights Cancer™ has raised more than $12 million. Hockey Fights Cancer™ is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice™, the National Hockey League’s® and National Hockey League Players’ Association’s social responsibility program that builds on hockey’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
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