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Sturmy's Poker Party Was No Gamble

by Taylor Walker / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- With more than 200 guests in attendance, Marco Sturm’s preseason Poker Party at the Liberty Hotel was a huge success. The charity poker event raised money for Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA.

Franciscan’s provides specialized care and education to children with special health needs.

“We are a much smaller hospital than some of the bigger known charities in Boston.

"Our services are very unique and specialized.

It’s usually 300-400 kids getting specialized services there every day,” said a representative of Franciscan’s Hospital at the event.

He went on to thank Blue Sky Marketing, who helped organize the event, and the Boston Bruin’s Foundation.

“One of the greatest things about this event, aside from having you guys lose all your money at these tables, is the awareness it creates.

They’ve done such an unbelievable job.

We couldn’t ask for better,” he continued, addressing the crowd.

Sturm first came across Franciscan’s Hospital a few years ago when he and the rest of the Black & Gold were visiting hospitals around the city.

“It’s just a little hospital in Brighton that took care of kids, and I really liked it.

It was an easy decision…they do a good job there. Everyone is really nice.

“But they need help.

Every hospital needs help, but I just felt like this is the best choice,” he said.

Bob Sweeney, Director of Development for the Bruin’s Foundation, is proud to be affiliated with the children’s hospital and to support Sturmy’s cause.

“We actually gave a grant this past year to help out with the Active Skating Program, which we’ll do this winter.

“We’re excited to partner with Franciscan.

It’s a great organization,” said Sweeney before the tournament got started.

Through the Active Skating Program, the kids at Franciscan’s will get to skate with Bob, the players and some B’s alumni skaters.

“I’m looking forward to it.

It’s always the most rewarding when you work with the kids,” Marco said of the Active Skating Program.

Among the guests at the Liberty Hotel last night were B’s veterans Milan Lucic, Johnny Boychuk, Shawn Thornton, Tuukka Rask, Daniel Paille, Dennis Seidenberg, Brad Marchand, and newcomer Nathan Horton.

“It’s great to see our players want to give back to their community and be associated with great charities like Franciscan.

On behalf of the Bruins, I’m proud of guys like Marco and Shawn for stepping up.

“When a player takes on an initiative, you need a lot of the guys to support it,” said Bob Sweeney as he looked Sturm’s teammates gathered around him.

“Tonight’s a perfect example how guys came out for Marco.

It’s a good testament to the type of person that he is.”

Franciscan Children’s Hospital is located near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton, MA.

They invite everyone to stop by for a tour of their facilities.

For more information, visit their website.(
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