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Atkinson invites central Ohio community to fund-raising event

Blue Jackets star hosting carnival to benefit military causes

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

When it comes down to it, you can never go wrong with having a dunk tank at a party.

Especially if the man of the hour is willing to be dunked.

That will be the case Saturday when Cam Atkinson hosts Cam's Carnival at The Battery Hockey Academy in Plain City, as the Blue Jackets star has created a family-friendly event to help celebrate his 30th birthday.

The fun will include said dunk tank, an NHL 19 challenge featuring popular gaming personality and CBJ fan The Nasher, a cornhole tournament featuring Blue Jackets players, a number of celebrity appearances, a raffle, food, music and more. 

"That's what it's all about -- we want to make it fun," said Atkinson, who tied the franchise record with a 41-goal season in 2018-19. "We want the people to come and enjoy themselves and kids to enjoy themselves. We'll have the dunk tank. Hopefully people get out their wallets and want to dunk me at the end of the day, and hopefully it's a nice day out.

"It's for the kids at the end of the day, and we're trying to make it as fun as we can."

Atkinson is part owner of The Battery, a hockey training facility northeast of Columbus, and also one of the people behind the Force Network Fund, which raises money for funds supporting military and first responder causes. Proceeds from Cam's Carnival, though the Force Network Fund, will support two central Ohio organizations -- Operation Military Kids of Ohio as well as The Fallen 15.

Operation Military Kids of Ohio supports the youth of military families who are in the midst of experiencing a deployment, while The Fallen 15 is a Columbus-based nonprofit that honors and celebrates the lives of military members who died fighting terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

"We're giving back to two military organizations in the community within Columbus," Atkinson said. "We want to help out as much as we can in Columbus while we're here. The Fallen 15 and Operation Military Kids, we decided to give back to those specific organizations and hopefully it will be a good turnout and raise a lot of money for a good cause."

The event will take place from 3-7 p.m., and various ticket packages are available. For more information, visit Atkinson's social media pages.  

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