It’s hard for me to believe that spring is already here and next week is April 1st. We’ve been extremely busy over the past couple of weeks (which is not a bad thing for our department), and I haven’t allowed myself the opportunity to shift gears and reflect on our department’s recent and upcoming activity.
I mentioned before that Athens Drive High School selected the Kids ‘N Community Foundation as the recipient of their 3rd Annual Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser. After the ‘Canes won their game against the Flames on March 6th, I headed over to Athens Drive to get a first hand experience of the event. Little did I know that I had planned my visit perfectly… just in time for the dance-off.
After visiting with students and teachers, I watched as the students went head to head against each-other. Teachers/Supervisors eliminated students one by one by tapping them on the shoulder until one boy and one girl emerged as winners. I was exhausted just watching the kids. I honestly do not think that I could have danced for as long as they did (although Starbucks had arrived just shortly before I got there – maybe that explains their stamina).
By the time I left around 11:00pm, these kids still had eight more hours of dancing to do. All-in-all the event went for 12 hours and was a huge success. Students and faculty raised over $6,000 for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. The top three fundraisers and dance-a-thon organizers were awarded tickets to Wednesday’s game against Ottawa. It’s always nice for our Foundation to receive donations, but it means a lot when it comes from kids within our own community who are striving to make a change.
On another Foundation note, the 4th Annual Casino Night and Wine Tasting Fundraiser that took place on March 15th wrapped up nicely. The 1920s themed event encouraged patrons to break out their pearls, fedoras, boas, zuit suits, and flapper dresses all in the name of charity. On top of that, Southern Classic Cars rolled out a 1920s Ford onto the floor. The decorations and attire weren’t the only highlight of the night. After crunching a few numbers, the event generated over $178,000 for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. Thank you to all of you who donated items to our silent and live auctions, and many thanks to everyone who attended and bid on the items.
We continue to use the NHL’s Online Auction as a means to auction off Hurricanes’ memorabilia of former and current players. We recently auctioned off a majority of the Glen Wesley Night Game Worn Jerseys, and thanks to all of you who bid, we ended up raising over $14,000 for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. We will have items up on the site weekly, so be sure to check in for great deals on items. An autographed, game worn Justin Williams Carolina Hurricanes Jersey is featured in the auction that will launch on Monday, March 30th.
As always, our in-game silent auction booth, located at Section 129, will also be up and running for every home game. Please stop by and take a look at our items up for auction. All proceeds from our auction benefit the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. Some upcoming in-game auction items include Cam Ward and Rod Brind’Amour’s Glen Wesley Night Game Worn Jerseys (both of which are autographed by Glen Wesley), a game used Tuomo Ruutu Stick, a 2008-2009 Captains’ Stanley Cup Puck Display, and one of Cam Ward’s goalie sticks (autographed, of course).
All of the money raised through fundraisers and in-kind donations so far this year will be put to good use on Monday morning. The Kids ‘N Community Foundation Board will meet on Monday (3/30) to discuss grant applicants and allocate monetary grants to deserving children’s charities in the area. All of you who have donated to the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, whether it was through an auction, attending a fundraiser, buying a Kids ‘N Community Foundation magnet, pin, or Valentine’s Day T-Shirt, or donating funds through another avenue (like Athens Drive High School’s Dance-A-Thon, in-kind donations, etc.), are part of the positive impact we will have on the children in our community. For that, thank you very much. Keep an eye out for information on which non-profit children’s charities are awarded grants from the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.