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Blue Jackets Foundation presents a night at "The Crease" on Jan. 22 to kick off NHL All-Star Weekend festivities

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – In celebration of the 2015 NHL® All-Star Weekend in January, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation presents a night at “The Crease” on Thursday, January 22 as the Columbus Athenaeum is transformed into a Prohibition-era speakeasy for a uniquely Columbus event to celebrate hometown hockey and raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer.

“The Crease” promises a party reminiscent of 1920’s-style underground establishments as patrons will enjoy vaudeville-style entertainment, displays of strange talents and acrobatics, music, dancing and many surprises. In honor of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to host the National Hockey League’s mid-season showcase, revelers will enjoy night the alongside VIPs from the Columbus Blue Jackets, the NHL, and other luminaries from sports, politics and business.

“All-Star Weekend will be a very special time in Columbus and we’re throwing an historic party to blow the lid off our city’s ‘best kept secret’ tag to show visitors all that Columbus has to offer and that we take care of our community,” said John P. McConnell, majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets and chairman of the board for the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation.

“The Crease” opens at 6 p.m. Cocktail attire is the dress code for the evening. Tickets are $1,000. For information on purchasing individual tickets or packages, visit or call (614) 246-4168. Because this event is generously underwritten by the McConnell Family Foundation, 100 percent of the ticket sales goes towards the goal of supporting pediatric cancer patients and their families.

The fight against pediatric cancer remains the Blue Jackets Foundation's signature focus for much of its fundraising, programming, and grant-making efforts. To date, more than $2 million has been raised specifically for this cause since the Blue Jackets Foundation was established in 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. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and all areas of giving, visit

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