This Sunday, August 17th at Swanky Bubbles in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Riley Cote will be taking his fight off the ice and will be hosting the inaugural “Cote Carnival” to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America is a non-profit organization whose goal is to improve the quality of life for those who have been affected with this awful disease. Riley has worked closely with them several times and this is just one more opportunity for him to help in the fight against MS.
When asked why he has chosen to put on the Cote Carnival, Riley cited two main reasons.
“Having been given the opportunity to play with the Flyers, this was a chance for me to give back to the community,” said Cote.
But there was also a much more personal reason behind Riley’s commitment in the battle against MS. Riley’s older sister Jaime was diagnosed with the disease eight years ago, and is his main influence behind the Cote Carnival and Riley’s commitment to the MSAA.
|Riley Cote and his sister, Jaime. |
The Cote Carnival is not the only way Riley is involved in the fight against MS. Riley is also actively involved alongside Amanda Bednar, of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. While admittedly not a great golfer, Cote has made appearances at golf outings, and many other events with the MSAA to get the word out about this disease.
The Carnival is just one more way for Riley to show his commitment to the community and to increasing awareness about the disease and eventually finding a cure. But Riley is not alone on his fight against MS. On Sunday he will be joined by several members of the Philadelphia Flyers who are out to support their teammate and the fight against MS. Among the many Flyers scheduled to attend are Jeff Carter, Danny Briere
, Braydon Coburn
and Steve Downie. A few ex-Flyers players will also be there to show their support for Cote. R.J. Umberger, recently traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, will be in attendance, as well as Triston Grant, a minor leaguer that recently signed with the Nashville Predators.
Flyers Alumni will be making appearances including ambassador Bob Kelly, and the whole event will even be emceed by the Flyers broadcaster Steve Coates. The players will be there meeting fans and signing autographs for a small fee with all the proceeds going to the MSAA.
The carnival will also include live entertainment by the local band Split Decision, fans will be able to bid on Flyers merchandise and prizes, and a game room will also be at the carnival, presented by Best Buy, where fans can play some of their favorite games such as Guitar Hero and Nintendo Wii. Food and drinks will be provided by Swanky Bubbles and will be available throughout the carnival, and deserts were donated by Classic Cakes of Cherry Hill. Tickets are $50 for adults and $20 for those under 21 and include food, drinks, and entertainment.
While Riley Cote is among of the most intimidating and meanest players on the ice in the NHL today, he is also one of its most charitable and cordial people off of the ice. His tireless efforts for the MSAA and the fight against MS are also greatly appreciated.
“The MSAA is honored to be the beneficiary of the Cote Carnival,” said Doug Franklin, the MSAA’s President and CEO. “This is an excellent opportunity to raise much needed funds for the MS community and we applaud the time and effort Riley Cote and his team of volunteers put into the Cote Carnival.”