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Canes Announce All-Star Organizing Committee

by Terrell Williams / Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the formation of the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend Local Organizing Committee. The group of 27 civic and business leaders will work to put together the events surrounding the 58th NHL All-Star Game, to be held at the RBC Center on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.

Scott Dupree, Vice President for Sports Marketing for the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Alison Barnwell, Executive Director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Council, will serve as co-chairs for the committee.

The 2011 All-Star Game will mark the fourth time that the Hurricanes have hosted a major NHL event, as the team hosted the Stanley Cup Final in 2002 and 2006, as well as the NHL Entry Draft in 2004. It marks just the second major-league All-Star Game to take place in North Carolina, as Charlotte hosted the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.

2011 NHL All-Star Weekend Local Organizing Committee 


  • Scott Dupree, Vice-President for Sports Marketing, Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Alison Barnwell, Executive Director, Greater Raleigh Sports Council
  • Mike Bajorek, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Cary
  • Jim Ballweg, Senior Director of Corporate Sponsorships, Carolina Hurricanes
  • Mary-Ann Baldwin, Representative, Raleigh City Council
  • Brandi Barnhart, Public Space Manager, Downtown Raleigh Alliance
  • Tori Collins, Assistant Director of Sports Marketing, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Teresa Damiano, Director of Marketing, Customer Service & Organizational Support, RDU Airport Authority
  • Tom Dillon, Assistant Director of Sales, Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
  • Dennis Edwards, Senior Sales Manager, Marriott City Center
  • Ken Eudy, CEO, Capstrat
  • Ellen Fragola, Marketing & Special Events Manager, Downtown Raleigh Alliance
  • Felicia Gressette, VP for Marketing & Community Publishing, The News & Observer Publishing Company
  • Charlene Grunwaldt, Publisher, Triangle Business Journal
  • Tony Gurley, Chairman, Wake County Board of Commissioners
  • Jim Lavery, General Manager, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Brian Maloney, General Manager, 99.9 The Fan, ESPN Radio & 620 The Buzz
  • Tom McCormick, Chairman, Centennial Authority
  • Mike McElvaney, Deputy Director for Operations, RDU Airport Authority
  • Laurie Okun, Director of Sales & Marketing, Raleigh Convention Center
  • Dave Olsen, VP/General Manager, RBC Center, Carolina Hurricanes/RBC Center
  • Larry Perkins, Assistant General Manager, RBC Center, Carolina Hurricanes/RBC Center
  • Jason Philbeck, Sports Marketing Manager, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Perry Safran, Chair of Public Relations Committee, Centennial Authority
  • Molly Sapienza, Director, Regional Marketing, RBC Bank
  • Theresa Tyler, Sports Services Manager, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Dennis Wicker, Partner, Nelson Mullins
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