Canes fans continued to show their generosity as $7,604 was collected at Sunday’s game to help send clean water to Haiti. Coupled with the players' donation of 1,200 case packs of Aquafina, a total of 5,002 case packs of Aquafina will be sent to Haiti by soldiers at Fort Bragg.
Last week, Pepsi Bottling Ventures partnered with Fort Bragg to send nearly 3,000 case packs of Aquafina to Haiti. As an organization, we were looking for a way to make an immediate impact with a major need for the Haitian residents in distress. Pepsi Bottling Ventures was generous enough to offer a rate of two dollars per 24 bottle case pack (12 cents per bottle).
There were 10 different wives or fiancés at all of the entrances yesterday (and two doors with Storm Squad members since we do not have enough wives in town for each door). Through the doors, and a little more during the game, we raised $7,604. The Hurricanes players kicked off the donation by pitching in $2,400, which allowed us to donate $10,004.
$10,004 will buy 5,002 case packs of Aquafina, or 120,048 individual bottles of Aquafina.
I think this is a very generous number as I know that hundreds of people attending Sunday’s game had already donated to Haiti relief in some way. Not only were fans donating Sunday, but many Hurricanes and RBC Center employees pitched in. Thanks to everyone who took the time to rustle through your pockets to donate.
What I am excited about is that 100 percent of the donations will go towards the purchase of water as there are no operating costs to be paid for with this promotion. Furthermore, this provides an immediate need not only to the people of Haiti, but also the hospitals and troops who are trying to assist the injured.
Cool Bar – Wilmington
I would be remiss if I did not take a minute to also comment on the great Cool Bar that occurred Saturday afternoon at the new Carolina Ale House in Wilmington. I truly enjoy the North Carolina coast and tend to frequent Wilmington a few times each summer.
However, the last time I was there for a Hurricanes event was the fall of 2003. We staged an event with a former corporate partner and we were both very disappointed with the turnout (Matt Horton and I still remember the names of the kids who showed up that day to play street hockey with Stormy and the Storm Squad…and PJ Avetta).
Saturday’s standing room only crowd at the Carolina Ale House is another testament to how much the game of hockey has grown in North Carolina over past decade. The best part about it was that I had no doubt that the turnout would be that impressive. Wilmington now has its own ice rink that is home to dozens of great youth hockey teams. And we still have several devoted season ticket holders who show that it is not that bad to make the four-hour round trip at least 41 times each year.
I saw several Canes fans who made the trip from Raleigh who probably did understand why I was so excited. Who knows, perhaps even Mary Margaret, who had a hat trick seven years ago with me in net, was in attendance with her sister and brother. They would be the only ones, aside from PJ and Matt, who could fully understand my excitement.
By the way, great job by Jon Chase, Ryan O’Quinn, Ron the Ref, Stormy and the Storm Squad and the rest of the Promotions staff for creating a playoff-like atmosphere for the Cool Bar.