The Colorado Avalanche and DCP Midstream, a Denver-based energy company, gave fans something big to cheer about prior to the 2015-16 season finale against the Anaheim Ducks.
Avalanche in-arena host Conor McGahey and DCP Midstream’s CEO Wouter van Kempen and vice president of corporate communications Roz Elliott were joined on the bench by goaltenders Semyon Varlamov and Calvin Pickard for a special presentation.
DCP Midstream and the Avs had again teamed up for a program dubbed Avs Saves Lives, which featured a $450 contribution to the American Heart Association for every save an Avalanche goaltender made at home throughout the season, and they were ready to present the check.
“We’ve been looking forward to this all year long Conor, and we just thank you for the opportunity to partner and bring such visibility to the American Heart Association,” Elliott said to McGahey and the crowd gathered at Pepsi Center.
Colorado’s netminders combined for 1,208 saves in the 40 contests on home ice, 18 more than in the 2014-15 campaign. This meant that $543,600.00 would be donated to the AHA.
However, DCP Midstream was not done contributing to a cause so dear to its heart.
“We had a second thought, Conor,” Elliott said. “We just don’t think that's enough. I’m going to write a new number down.”
The company then surprised those in attendance by increasing the donation to $750,000.00.
Elliott and van Kempen didn’t stop there. They changed the amount a second time, bringing the grand total to $1,000,000.00.
“We do a lot with our employees to get healthier but more importantly, we want to make sure, in every community, we are reducing the risk of heart disease by 20 percent everywhere, and it’s all [preventable],” Elliott said of why the cause is so important to DCP Midstream.
The American Heart Association was founded in 1924 with a mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
The presentation was fitting for Fan Appreciation Day, which was a time for the team to give back to the fans and the community and to celebrate Colorado’s 20th Anniversary season one last time.