Not everyone can be as fit as the professional hockey players on the Colorado Avalanche that spend every day training to reach peak performance, but DCP Midstream has made it its mission to help everyone live a healthy lifestyle and reduce heart disease.
DCP Midstream, a Denver-based energy company, and the Avalanche have partnered with the American Heart Association for the third straight year and are now 3-for-3. The '3' representing the more than $3 million that DCP Midstream has donated to the American Heart Association over the past three seasons.
"DCP Midstream has enjoyed a long partnership with the American Heart and Stroke Association to make our communities healthier so we all have the energy to live our lives to the fullest," said Roz Elliot, Vice President of DCP Midstream.
During its commitment to the community, DCP Midstream has donated a total of $3,071,000 to the AHA, thanks to the Avs goaltending.
This year, Spencer Martin, Calvin Pickard, Jeremy Smith and Semyon Varlamov made more than 2,200 saves in the team's first 79 games, and DCP Midstream pledged $450 for every stop as part of the "Avs Save Lives" program. Before the final home game of the 2016-17 season on Thursday at Pepsi Center, DCP Midstream presented a $1,000,000 check to the American Heart Association.
Pickard and Smith were joined on the Colorado bench by Elliott; Gerald Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer of the American Heart Association; Matt Thomas, a DCP Midstream employee and survivor of heart complications; Ryan Brach, senior vice president of partnership marketing at Kroenke Sports and Entertainment; and Avs in-arena host Alexis Perry for the big moment.
"We have a shared value of putting our energy to good work," said Elliott. "We thank the Colorado Avalanche for providing us with an opportunity to bring awareness to the American Heart's Association's goal of reducing the risk of developing heart and stroke disease--the number one killer in the U.S--and largely preventable."
Since the American Heart Association was founded in 1924, the organization has continued to strive in helping people and the timing of the big announcement on Thursday could not have been more perfect than during Fan Appreciation Night at Pepsi Center.