RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes and KIOTI Tractor have created the "Assist For Hunger" program, a multi-year partnership to help end childhood hunger in North Carolina. In conjunction with the Hurricanes' 20th anniversary season in North Carolina, KIOTI Tractor will make a $20 donation to the Kids 'N Community Foundation for every Hurricanes assist during the regular season. The donation will support Urban Ministries of Wake County, whose mission is to "engage our community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing food and nutrition, by promoting health and wellness, and by laying the foundations of home." The Hurricanes and KIOTI Tractor aim to raise $20,000 this season through the program.
"Supporting organizations like Kids 'N Community Foundation embodies the spirit of our company and we feel very fortunate to be able to give back within our community," said Peter Dong-Kyun Kim, president and CEO of KIOTI Tractor. "From its founding in South Korea more than 70 years ago, KIOTI's parent company has contributed to national hunger relief while pioneering a series of innovations that modernized agricultural production and increased food supplies."
In addition to KIOTI Tractor's contribution, Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin has pledged to make a donation to Assist For Hunger for each goal and assist he records on the ice this season. Fans are also encouraged to support the program throughout the season. The first 74 fans who each contribute a minimum of $74 will receive a signed photo from Slavin. In addition, the top donors will receive prizes such as Slavin signed jerseys, tickets to an upcoming Hurricanes game, a postgame meet and greet with Slavin, and a new KIOTI MECHRON Utility Vehicle.
"We are extremely excited to enter into a partnership with KIOTI Tractor that has a focus on helping others," said Hurricanes President Don Waddell. "As an organization, we take great pride in making a difference in our community and we believe that this program, in partnership with KIOTI Tractor, the Kids 'N Community Foundation, Urban Ministries of Wake County and Jaccob Slavin, does just that. I would like to encourage all Caniacs to step up and make Assist for Hunger a great success."
For more information on Assist For Hunger, visit www.Hurricanes.com/assistforhunger.