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Annual Harbor Cruise Kicks Off PMC '09

by Hailee Lange / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA -- On Wednesday, July 22, over 730 Bruins fans joined forces with B’s alumni to enjoy a beautiful summer evening coasting along the Boston shoreline as the Boston Bruins Foundation’s annual Harbor Cruise took to sea.

The cruise, which raised $30,000 --$18,000 more than last year’s event – was part of the Boston Bruins Foundation Bike Team’s ongoing efforts on behalf of the Jimmy Fund. The net proceeds of the night, just one of a series of events planned by the Boston Bruins Foundation to support their 2009 Pan-Mass Challenge ride, will be donated to the Jimmy Fund after the ride in August.

Prior to the event anticipation was high. After days of rain in greater Boston, the sun finally shone in the afternoon preceding the cruise. As such, the Provincetown II, in association with Bay State Cruise Lines, was set to sail at 6:00 p.m.

However, the line of eager Bruins fans was down the street by 5:15 p.m!

The scene was astounding. Guests dressed in their finest summer attire (as well as their best Black & Gold gear) were ready to spend a night mingling with their fellow B’s supporters as well as former Boston skaters Gary Doak, Don Sweeney, Bob Sweeney, and Tim Sweeney.

Ben and Jerry’s ice cream vendors greeted the fans, who enjoyed samples of the Vermont-based company’s finest flavors as they walked onto the ship. Once on board, Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney hopped onto the stage to pump up the crowd and to also introduce the night’s main event  – music by one of New England’s favorite entertainers, Jim Plunkett.

With a final cheer from the crowd and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” blasting on the PA, the ship was on its way to sail along the calm sea. Everyone on the boat enjoyed the final minutes of sunshine as they danced and enjoyed a spectacular view of the Boston skyline. Meanwhile, the ocean glistened as sailboats cruised by, creating a remarkable display as it reflected off of the Boston skyscrapers.

But as the Provincetown II sailed along, the activities on the boat began to garner their own attention as raffle tickets sold by the Boston Bruins Ice Girls gave the mingling fans a chance to win some Bruins memorabilia including signed photos and a signed Bobby Orr stick.

After some serious music and dancing, fans gathered on the upper deck to partake in a silent auction hosted by Bob Sweeney. With fantastic prizes available, such as VIP tickets to concerts as well as Bruins and Celtics suite level seats at the TD Garden, fans were ecstatic to up the bidding in an effort to donate to a good cause.

Once every item was awarded to the highest bidder, the dancing and singing resumed as fans took to the stage to enjoy every last minute of the night. By this time, evening had fallen and the glistening lights of the Prudential Center and John Hancock tower framed Boston Harbor perfectly.

As the boat docked and the party came to a close, Bob Sweeney had some final words for the fans as well as a big thank you for all the support.

“This is one of our staple events,” he said. “And people look forward to this event and [tonight] have helped us raise the most money to date.”

Director of Hockey Operations & Player Development, Don Sweeney was astounded by the turnout and also had some great words to say of the night and Bruins fans as a whole.

“I think the fan base of the Bruins and Bruins Foundation is tremendous,” he said. “Times are tough but people are still turning out to support causes as important as this one and I think it’s great.”

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