RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes, former Hurricanes player and team ambassador Erik Cole and the Me Fine Foundation announced a partnership today to provide families of critically ill children a suite to all Hurricanes home games for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.
Cole will purchase the 14-person suite, which includes food and beverage and parking passes. Cole, who serves as the Hurricanes team ambassador, played 892 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Oilers, Canadiens, Stars and Red Wings. He recorded 532 points (265g, 267a) in his career and captured the Stanley Cup championship with the Hurricanes in 2006. The Oswego, NY, native appeared in 557 career games with Carolina, and ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in games played, points (363), hat tricks (5) and shorthanded goals (8).
"Having a true community partner like the Hurricanes' Kids 'N Community Foundation is an incredible asset for Me Fine's work," Me Fine Foundation Executive Director Joey Powell said. "To see a champion like Erik Cole believing in us is a priceless endorsement of our mission."
Since 2004, the Me Fine Foundation has provided both financial and emotional support to over 1,400 critically ill children and their families. Me Fine works with families from across North Carolina whose children are being treated by Duke Children's Medical Center, UNC Children's Hospital, or WakeMed Children's Hospital. The organization benefits individuals of every race, diagnosis, religious affiliation and economic status. The Me Fine Foundation is a Kids 'N Community Foundation grant recipient and has received $25,000 in Game Changer Grants since 2014.
As "The Heart of the Carolina Hurricanes," the Kids 'N Community Foundation strives to meet the health and educational needs of underserved populations and strengthen youth hockey in our community through programming and financial assistance to local, youth-oriented organizations. Since the establishment of the non-profit Foundation in 1997, over $14 million in cash has been awarded to non-profit organizations that focus on enhancing the lives of youth in our community. With the ongoing support of our annual special events, Hurricanes players, staff and the corporate community, the Kids 'N Community Foundation is able to fund many causes including scholarship programs, youth hockey initiatives, education and literacy efforts, health programs and the arts.