RALEIGH, NC - In celebration of the Carolina Hurricanes' beginning their 20th Anniversary season on Saturday, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane has proclaimed the week of October 2-7 to be "Carolina Hurricanes Week," and Friday, Oct. 6, to be "Carolina Hurricanes Day" in Raleigh. For "Carolina Hurricanes Day," residents and visitors in the greater Raleigh and Triangle region are encouraged to show their support of the team by wearing their Hurricanes colors to school and work.
"Raleigh is proud to support the Carolina Hurricanes," McFarlane said. "Over the past 20 years, the team has been a great community partner helping to draw national and international attention to Raleigh and creating over $2 billion in economic impact in the greater Raleigh area. I look forward to their continued successes on and off the ice and supporting the #REDVOLUTION in Raleigh!"
As part of their #Canes20 Acts of Kindness campaign, the Hurricanes will award prizes to randomly-selected fans who post pictures of themselves wearing the team's colors on Friday to social media with the hashtag #Redvolution.
The proclamations were issued in conjunction with the Hurricanes' 20th Anniversary season in North Carolina. They became the first team to win a major professional sports championship in North Carolina when they defeated the Edmonton Oilers in seven games in 2006 to capture the Stanley Cup.
The Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation was also recognized as part of the Mayor's proclamation. The Kids 'N Community Foundation provides much-needed funding to children's charities and education programs throughout North Carolina. The Foundation has funded scholarship programs, youth hockey, educational and literacy efforts, children's health programs, the arts and other children's-related initiatives. Annually, the Foundation provides cash and in-kind contributions of more than $1 million to charitable and educational programs in North Carolina. Every member of the Hurricanes organization is actively involved in community activities and the Hurricanes take great pride in the ability to have a positive impact in our state. Over the past 20 years the Foundation has awarded over 14 million in cash donations to North Carolina non-profits.