|Elias has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2006. |
Newark, NJ, - The Devils will host the "U.S. Fund for UNICEF Night" on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Prudential Center at 7 p.m. The evening will benefit UNICEF by raising funds and awareness to help, among others, victims of the recent natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region.
Mayor Cory Booker and president of the Newark Municipal Council, Mildred Crump, will attend Wednesday's game.
“Each day, 24,000 children under the age of five die from preventable causes—many in the countries that have recently been affected by the recent spate of natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region,” said Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “By lending their support, everyone involved in the New Jersey Devils organization is ensuring that these emergencies will not further compound the tragedy of these unnecessary deaths.”
Timed to coincide with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, concourse stands on Prudential Center’s main and upper concourses will feature UNICEF collateral and information about how to participate in this year’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one of the longest running youth volunteer movements in America.
“I’m proud to be part of a team that supports the life-saving work of UNICEF,” said Devils’ forward and UNICEF Ambassador, Patrik Elias
. “UNICEF does whatever it takes to save children’s lives—from collecting coins through Trick-or-Treat, to quickly and efficiently responding to emergency situations around the world —emergencies man made or natural.”
The night will also include an autographed “Mystery Puck” sale in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes. Every puck is signed by a Devils’ player, coach, or alumnus, and will be individually wrapped so the identity remains a surprise until after purchase. Pucks are available on the main concourse near Verizon Tower for $25 each with net proceeds to benefit UNICEF. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds of tickets purchased through UNICEF will help support the organization’s programming and emergency response efforts.
The iconic orange collection boxes and pins will be distributed to fans, while the team’s mascot, N.J. Devil will distribute Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF t-shirts during the game to further raise awareness.
“The New Jersey Devils are excited about the opportunity to partner with UNICEF and help better the lives of children worldwide, said Devils’ Chairman/Managing Partner Jeff Vanderbeek. “We are honored to stand by this important cause and look forward to working with our fans to make UNICEF night at Prudential Center a great success.”
As a special treat to local kids, the president of the Newark Municipal Council has identified 50 students from Newark Tech High School and the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation has made it possible for these young people to attend the game.
The Newark Tech High School has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report magazine as one of the best high schools in the nation.
“We’re proud of all our students, and I’m excited to attend this game with students who have shown a commitment and dedication to their studies,” said Hon. Mildred Crump, president, Newark Municipal Council. “Additionally, it’s not everyday that students from Newark are afforded the opportunity to attend a hockey game meant to benefit a worthy cause like UNICEF, and we certainly thank the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation for their generous donation.”
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.
UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress—the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from 13 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008. But still, 24,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.
About New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils are part of the 30-team National Hockey League, with teams throughout the United States and Canada. Established in 1982, they are currently in their 28th season in the Garden State. During that time, the team has won three Stanley Cup Championships: 1995, 2000, and 2003.
Lauren Monahan, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, (212) 880-9136, email@example.com