COLUMBUS, OHIO – For the fifth consecutive year, Columbus Blue Jackets players and their wives and girlfriends, along with local pediatric cancer heroes, will model the latest fashions in a charity style show to benefit the fight against pediatric cancer. This year's Black Tie Blue Jackets Style Show, presented by Kelly BMW and American Electric Power, is set for Thursday, Feb. 24 and will be staged, for the first time, on center ice at Nationwide Arena. Fashions will be provided by Saks Fifth Avenue and hair will be styled by the designers of Charles Penzone Salons. Proceeds will benefit the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation's local Hats For Heroes program and related pediatric cancer research initiatives.
Players expected to appear in the show include Jared Boll, Derick Brassard, Chris Clark, Derek Dorsett, Mathieu Garon, Kristian Huselius, Rostislav Klesla, Steve Mason, Marc Methot, Andrew Murray, Kris Russell, Anton Stralman, Antoine Vermette, and Jakub Voracek. Players are subject to change. Blue Jackets public address announcer Greg Murray and in-arena host Mike Todd will share duties as event emcees while in-arena personalities including anthem singer Leo Welch and organist Bob Dawson will also lend their talents to the show.
"The Black Tie Blue Jackets Style Show has become a key platform in the Foundation's fight against pediatric cancer," said Wendy Bradshaw, executive director of the Blue Jackets Foundation. "This fun and high-profile event helps us achieve many financial and awareness milestones, but just as important, it also lets us give these brave kids and their families a truly unforgettable experience."
To showcase this year's venue and celebrate the organization's decade of giving, several familiar game-night elements will be incorporated into the event. Unique pre-show opportunities for guests include photos with players in the penalty box or beside the Zamboni®. The night begins at 5:30 p.m. when the models will be mingling on the event floor during a reception hosted by Heidelberg Distributing Company. A sit-down dinner precedes the style show which also features an exclusive auction.
Inclusive dinner packages that include a pre-show reception on center ice, a commemorative gift and complimentary valet parking start at $250. New this year, a $100 show-only ticket includes one arena seat, access to a pre-show reception in the Time Warner Cable HD Lounge and complimentary lot parking. After-five attire is the dress code for the evening. For information on ticket or partnership packages, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org or call (614) 246-3707.
Since its inception 10 years ago, the Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million in community grants to non-profit organizations that serve the Foundation's main pillars of giving: pediatric cancer; education; children's health and safety; and the development of youth and amateur hockey. For information on the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, visit www.BlueJacketsFoundation.org.
About Hats For Heroes: The fight against pediatric cancer remains the Blue Jackets Foundation's signature focus for much of its fundraising, programming, and grant-making efforts. Highlighted by the Foundation's Hats For Heroes program, $1 million has been raised since 2000. Dollars raised currently fund a variety of support programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families, critical research projects and assistance in providing palliative care to young victims.