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American Red Cross Night is on Dec. 26

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders have always been committed to helping charitable organizations throughout the year. This season, the Islanders are proud to have been playing "Hockey With a Heart" during November and December. At seven select games played during these months, different charities have been highlighted, and a portion of the proceeds from that night's game will go directly to the organization.
 
 
 
 
On Friday, December 26, the Islanders will face the Toronto Maple Leafs for American Red Cross Night.
 
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. A portion of the game proceeds will go toward local disaster relief efforts.
 
Click here to purchase tickets for American Red Cross Night.

Click here to watch a video promoting American Red Cross Night.



"HOCKEY WITH A HEART" BENEFITS VARIOUS CHARITIES

The first of the "Hockey With a Heart" games was played on November 8th when the Islanders took on the Pittsburgh Penguins for United Way of Long Island Night. A total of $20,000 was raised for the United Way of Long Island.
 
Together with community partners, the United Way of Long Island is committed to changing lives on Long Island by investing in improving access to health care, supporting children and youth, reducing hunger, and assisting neighbors in need.

"United Way of Long Island is extremely grateful for the outstanding efforts of the New York Islanders," said United Way of Long Island President & CEO Christopher M. Hahn. "Through their Hockey with Heart program, United Way's Project Warmth Emergency Fuel Fund will be able to keep more Long Islanders warm through difficult winter months.  Long Island is fortunate to have the New York Islanders who have consistently given so much to so many in need."


The Islanders faced off against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, November 15 for Autism Speaks Night, presented by Bank of America.
 
Founded in 2005, Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism, to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society.
 
A total of $18,000 was raised for Autism Speaks.

When the Vancouver Canucks came to town on Monday, November 17, the Islanders celebrated Firefighter Appreciation Night to benefit the Stephen Siller Foundation.
 
The goal of the Foundation is to honor the legacy and love given by Stephen Siller. The annual Tunnel to Towers Run pays tribute to Siller's heroic life and death, along with his 342 FDNY brothers, and all those lost on 9/11.
 
A total of $16,000 was raised for the Stephen Siller Foundation.


On Wednesday, November 26th, the Islanders celebrated March of Dimes Night.

March of Dimes is the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health. They are dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
 

On Saturday, November 29th, the Islanders face off against the Ottawa Senators tonight for Island Harvest Night, presented by LIBOR.
 
The game will benefit Long Island's largest hunger relief organization and its 600 member agencies in providing emergency food assistance to those in need. Fighting hunger and touching lives, Island Harvest supplements over five million meals each year to over 260,000 Long Islanders, including 93,000 children, who face the prospect of going hungry each day.

The Islanders held a food drive, and Islanders fans came up big. More than 4,000 pounds of food was collected by Island Harvest and LIBOR. In addition, a total of $17,000 was raised for the Island Harvest.

On November 19th, as a lead-up to the game, children from the Little Islanders and Mini Islanders programs from Islanders Iceworks, along with their families were invited to skate on the ice at Nassau Coliseum. They were greeted by Islanders’ legend Bob Nystrom and Island Harvest President and CEO Randi Shubin Dresner.
 
In addition to skating with local junior hockey players, Islanders Director of Amateur Hockey Dan Bedard, and Ice Girls Samantha and Chanel, the kids got a special treat.

Because Disney on Ice is in town, Disney and the Islanders joined forces and kids were able to meet Mickey and Minnie, as well as Islanders Jon Sim and Joey MacDonald.


On December 6 the Atlanta Thrashers cameto town for Schneider Children's Hospital Night.
 
The largest provider of pediatric health care in New York State, Schneider Children's is in the midst of an expansion program. The hospital's growth ensures that it will be able to meet the unique medical needs of our children for generations to come

A total of $19,000 was raised for Schneider Children's Hospital.

For additional information, or to buy tickets by phone, call New York Islanders Group Sales 1-800-882-ISLES Ext. 3. 
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