COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets join the National Hockey League in support of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month by hosting the club’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night in partnership with OhioHealth on Tuesday, October 20 when the Jackets host the New York Islanders. During the game, several pediatric cancer heroes will be honored by participating in a variety of in-game experiences including an on-ice, pre-game introduction alongside the Blue Jackets. In addition, the evening will also include a number of tributes to cancer survivors and those who are currently battling the disease.
In keeping with the NHL’s message that the color purple represents awareness for all types of cancer, the Blue Jackets Foundation will host a pair of fundraisers to benefit its fight against pediatric cancer.
Purple Jersey Auction: Players will wear purple jerseys during pre-game warm-ups on Tuesday, October 20. The complete set of authentic worn jerseys will be individually autographed by the respective players and on display at concourse locations on Hockey Fights Cancer Night and during the October 31 game vs. Winnipeg. New this year, a mobile bidding process that enables fans to place bids using their cell phones or mobile devices will replace the traditional in-arena silent auction. In addition to offering a greater convenience to fans at the game, the new platform opens the auction to those not in attendance. Bidding begins with the October 20 game and remains open through the second intermission on October 31. For further details, visit BlueJackets.com/cbjauction.
“Beat Cancer” T-shirt: The purple T-shirts will be on sale at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store.
The night also marks the first opportunity for fans to purchase the 2015-16 edition Hats For Heroes hats. Thanks to donations by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9 and Halo Branded Solutions, 100% of the hat sales will directly benefit the Foundation’s pediatric cancer grant partners.
All fans entering Nationwide Arena will receive a purple OhioHealth cheer card that features a space to write their personal connection to the cause. Fans are encouraged to use their cards during an in-game recognition of cancer survivors and all those who have been touched in some way by the disease. OhioHealth also invites fans to visit their concourse attractions that include a photo experience as well as an installation where fans may place a ribbon in honor or memory of a loved one.
In addition to OhioHealth, several Blue Jackets partners are also supporting pediatric cancer families and related charities. Roxane Laboratories is donating 300 tickets to families from A Kid Again through their involvement with Cancer Support Community Central Ohio and Boich Companies is donating tickets to families served by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Founded in 2000, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation’s mission is to help central Ohio kids get healthy, play safely and stay active. As the charitable arm of the National Hockey League club, the Foundation leverages its unique resources – players, coaches, staff and fans – to partner with and invest in central Ohio charities.