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Hats for Heroes Night

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets


The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, bd's mongolian barbeque and Capital City FOP Lodge #9 raised over $10,000 during a 6-week campaign to raise money to fight pediatric cancer through the Hats For Heroes program.

The night featured Blue Jackets players, broadcasters and celebrity grillers representing the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Ledge 9 at three different bd's locations: Sawmill, Easton and the Arena District. Players signed autographs, door prizes were handed out and all tips were donated to the fight against pediatric cancer.

Players and broadcasters were on location from 6-8 p.m. at:

  • Sawmill - Ron Hainsey, Jeff Rimer and George Matthews
  • Easton - Fredrik Modin, Danny Gare and Bill Davidge
  • Arena District - Dan Fritsche, Jody Shelley and Mike Todd



Fighting Pediatric Cancer
The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation Hats For Heroes program was founded in 2000 to both raise money to fight pediatric cancer and bring a smile to the face of a child battling pediatric cancer or any life threatening illness.

Funds to support the fight against pediatric cancer are generated by:

  • Personal donations
  • The sale of a special Hats For Heroes-Blue Jackets branded baseball hat and t-shirt
  • The sale of GOLD pediatric cancer awareness pins

Hat For Heroes Products
Be one of the FIRST to get your NEW, Third edition Hats For Heroes Hat, T-shirt or Pin!

The new hats are available in the following colors and sizes:

Adult Washed Khaki

Adult Washed Navy

Youth Navy

The NEW, Third Edition Hats For Heroes hats are available for purchase at:
~ The Blueline at Nationwide Arena
~ The Foundation table behind section 110 on game nights
~ Central Ohio bd’s Mongolian Barbeque restaurants (Arena District ~ Easton ~ Sawmill)
~ The Chiller Ice Rinks
~ By emailing your order to
~ By clicking here to download an order form
~ By calling the Foundation 614-246-3707

Hats For Heroes Hats can be purchased for the following prices:
$25 - SIGNED HATS (signed by ONE player on the team)
$50 - ALL STAR HATS (signed by ONE of the following... Rick Nash, Adam Foote, Sergei Fedorov)

Hats For Heroes t-shirts can be purchased for the following prices:
$15 - Long Sleeve (Youth L, Adult M, Adult L, Adult XL, Adult XXL)
$10 - Short Sleeve (Adult L, Adult XL)


Pediatric Cancer Awareness pins can be purchased for $2 at:
~ The Foundation table behing section 110 on game nights
~ By emailing your order to
~ By calling the Foundation 614-246-3707

All proceeds of the hat, t-shirt, and pin sales support the fight against pediatric cancer!

Hats For Heroes Program
The program is an extension of the National NHL's All Star Kids program, a charitable initiative under the parent program, Hockey Fights Cancer, dedicated to Children’s Hospitals and pediatric patients throughout North America. 

Pediatric Cancer Facts:
Progress in the development of effective new treatments and cures for childhood cancer has been remarkable over the last three decades. Most children can now be cured-with fewer harmful side effects- if they are treated by pediatric cancer experts. A diagnosis of cancer today is life changing but it is far from hopeless.

· The GOLD RIBBON signifies pediatric cancer!
e· 170 new childhood cancer cases were diagnosed at Children's Hospital in 2005
· 1,000 children currently in treatment at Childrenhs Hospital.
· Children"s Hospital follows more than 10,000 children that have undergone treatment for pediatric cancer.
· The cancers that attack children are unique, frequently presenting at a much more advanced stage than in adults.
p· In one school day, 46 children-enough to fill two classrooms will learn they have cancer

Past Pediatric Cancer Specific Grant Recipients:
With every hat purchased, proceeds are donated to local non-profit organizations dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer and terminal pediatric illnesses. Past recipients include:
~ Hope Street Kids for research
~ Adventures For Wish Kids
~ Make-A-Wish Foundation
~ Columbus Children’s Hospital
~ Kids N Kamp
~ Flying Horse Farms

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