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by Doug Warf / Carolina Hurricanes
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Tickets for Skate with the Canes will go on sale starting Monday, November 23rd. Monday we will have 300 tickets available just for season ticket holders and the remaining tickets (at least 300) will go on-sale Tuesday the 24th. You will be able to buy up to 8 tickets for the event at a time.


About Skate with the Canes
Skate with the Canes is one of our three major fundraising events for the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation. Without doubt, it is the one event that is most tailored towards families. That does not mean it is exclusively a family event, but just like a ‘Canes game (in most all sections), it is very kid-friendly.


We know that a trip to Skate with the Canes is often given as a Christmas gift, so our optimal date is on a weekend after Christmas. Last year, we were not able to get either of those to line-up due to conflicts with the hockey and arena schedules. This year, we at least got one of the two (believe me, we really tried for a weekend…but there is not one available when the team is in town and available and the arena is not being used). 

If you have not been, we limit the total number of participants to 600 and everyone is broken into 3 groups (your family is kept together…you are divided into groups dependant upon when and where you buy your tickets). Each group of 200 rotates through three different activities: (1) skating on the RBC Center Ice with the Canes…hopefully that one is obvious (2) a tour of the locker room that ends with photos with the Canes (3) a specific autograph station set up in the priority lounge.

Below is a mock schedule from last year:

 
Red Line Group
Blue Line Group
Goalie Green Group
6:00 - 6:45
Autographs
Locker Room Photos
Skate
6:50 - 7:35
Skate
Autographs
Locker Room Photos
7:40 - 8:25
Locker room photos
Skate
Autographs

The players are also broken into three groups and they rotate opposite of the patrons. For example, the red group may get an autograph from Eric Staal’s group, skate with Ray Whitney’s group and have their photo taken with Rod Brind’Amour’s group. 

If you have your own skates, you are encouraged to bring them. However, free loaner skates are provided for those who do not own skates. They may not be the most comfortable, but they serve the purpose. 

Each attendee also receives two unique gifts. We are finalizing these now, but you receive a poster that is designed for the team to sign as well as a unique Foundation knit hat. 

Why is this event important?
As stated earlier, this is one of our three major fundraisers for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. All proceeds from this event will be distributed during the Spring 2010 grant cycle. This year, we have seen a great increase in grant requests from deserving children’s organizations. The success of events like Skate with the Canes ensures our ability to provide as much funding to local organizations as possible.

Last year, this event raised just over $32,000. We know that if we sell this event out, not only will you have a great time at the event, but you will help raise over $40,000 for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. Our average grant the past two years has hovered around $10,000 each. That means that this one event can provide four separate grants to very worthy children’s charities in our area.


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