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Bruins to Host Autism Awareness Night

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Doug Flutie with the Stanley Cup (photo:
BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins and former NFL quarterback and Boston College football star, Doug Flutie will host "Autism Awareness Night" tonight during the Bruins/Lightning contest at the TD Banknorth Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET to benefit the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism and to help increase autism awareness.

The Boston Bruins Foundation is hosting a raffle to benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation. The raffle items include team-autographed Bruins memorabilia and a Doug Flutie autographed football.  In addition, a select few fans from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation will have the chance to shake hands with the Bruins as they leave the locker room during intermissions. Flutie will also appear as a special guest on NESN during the first intermission of the Bruins home game.

Flutie and his wife, Laurie, founded the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism in 1998 in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. The entire Flutie family will be in attendance, along with children involved in the foundation.

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The Foundation's mission is to aid financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism; to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism; and to serve as a clearinghouse and communications center for new programs and services developed for individuals with autism.

With seven games remaining in the 2008-2009 regular season, the Bruins will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. ET at the TD Banknorth Garden.
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