COLUMBUS, OHIO – In the spirit of the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation is celebrating Hockey Holidays with a trio of fundraisers during several December home games at Nationwide Arena. Proceeds from photos with Santa Stinger; sales of mystery ornaments; and the auction of "players' favorites" baskets all benefit the hockey club's charitable foundation.
The Lady Jackets present the Foundation's first Holiday Player Favorite Baskets. The players' wives and girlfriends are putting together customized gift baskets filled with a plethora of items that reflect the personality and off-ice interests of each individual Blue Jacket. Each basket will also contain a game-used, autographed item along with that player's collection of "favorites." The baskets will be displayed at the Foundation kiosk located behind section 111 on the main concourse and bids will be accepted during games from Dec. 11-23.
Another gift option for the hockey fan is a mystery Blue Jackets ornament featuring a random player autograph. The $20 mystery ornaments, available during games from Dec. 4-23, can be purchased at the Foundation kiosk.
In addition, Santa Stinger makes his annual appearance during games from Dec. 4-23. He will be available at a photo station on the main concourse during pre-game and intermissions. The 4 x 6 photos are available for $10.
Fans are also reminded that the 4th annual "Jackets for Jackets" collection of new or gently used coats continues during all home games through Saturday, Dec. 18. All of the jackets collected will be donated to the Salvation Army and then redistributed to local families in need.
Also, the Lady Jackets' collection of new and unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army's Christmas Cheer program continues at home games through Monday, Dec. 6.
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.