The Salvation Army, in conjunction with the Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club, kicked off the 2006 Red Kettle Christmas Campaign prior to Wednesday's game between the Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center.
Before the game, Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville and assistants Jacques Cloutier and Tony Granato joined The Salvation Army's Lt. Col. Raymond Peacock and Captain Ron McKinney to ring in the holiday season with the fans.
The Salvation Army hosted a pre-event outside Pepsi Center with a Salvation Army band and the Starlighters Precision Drill Team from the Red Shield Community Center to kick-off The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas Campaign; meanwhile, The Salvation Army band played festive Christmas music while the fans pour into Pepsi Center.
"The Salvation Army is delighted to have the Colorado Avalanche and their fans as part of our Red Kettle campaign efforts to kickoff our annual celebration. This is an excellent way to ring in the holiday season and kick-off our Christmas Kettle campaign. We would especially like to thank Kroenke Sports Enterprises for a wonderful partnership opportunity and to reach out into the community in such a big way," said Lt. Col. Raymond Peacock, divisional commander for the Intermountain Division.
In addition, Head Coach Joel Quenneville, and Assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier and Tony Granato will ring bells at the kettle at 16th and Tremont on Friday, November 24th from 2-3pm. They will be joined by a band playing Christmas music.
The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Christmas Campaign in Denver provides food, clothing, and toys for over 23,000 people in need in metro Denver during this holiday season and an additional 30,000 people throughout the year.
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About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.