Anders Lee is teaming up with New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to put on the first-ever joint New York City Jamathon on Saturday, June 22 to raise funds for organizations that provide relief for families affected by cancer. The KanJam event will be hosted at the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel located on 218 W. 35th St.
"For us and the people that have been involved with our KanJam is just part of the continued growth that we want to have," Lee said in the event's promotional video. "We want to continue to get bigger and reach a greater audience. To have it at the Renaissance Hotel is pretty impressive...It's exciting that we can take this next step and set some records with a day filled with some KanJam in the middle of the city and people getting together."
The backyard game will be played on a New York City rooftop, the Versa NYC at the Renaissance. The city skyline will provide spectacular views as the event runs from noon until sundown. The all-day event consists of four fundraising teams, with two people per team, competing per hour in a round-robin style KanJam tournament. Teams must raise a minimum of $500 to qualify for the tournament.
Each participating fundraising team will receive a custom Renny Jam gift bag which includes a commemorative "Jamathon" shirt, complimentary food and beverage, additional prizes including; merchandise, hotel rooms, game tickets and memorabilia. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to mingle with Lee and Shattenkirk and other celebrity guests. Spectator tickets are also available.
Both Lee and Shattenkirk have hosted their own separate Kancer Jam events over the past three years. Lee was the first NHL player to stage a Kancer Jam event and was compelled to do so after viewing a video of then, 15-year-old cancer patient Fenov Pierre-Louis delivering a speech at a Kancer Jam event in Scotch Plains. Lee had developed a close bond with the inspiring and optimistic advocate and while Fenov tragically passed away last year, Lee is is committed to honor Fenov's memory and carry out his legacy.
Video: Anders Kancer Jam 2018
Lee's initiative, which has raised over $300K in over two years, inspired fellow NHLers like Shattenkirk and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian to spearhead their own Kancer Jam events. More recently, Tampa Bay Lightning players Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller have also joined in on the initiative.
Lee hosted his third annual Kancer Jam this past November following a matinee game in Brooklyn and was joined by fellow Isles teammates. Shattenkirk also hosted his second annual event this past February in Tarrytown alongside his Rangers teammates.
For the joint summer NYC Renny Jam, Lee and Shattenkirk set a goal of raising $50k. Donations can be made here. For more information regarding the event itself contact firstname.lastname@example.org or use the hashtag #RennyJam across Twitter for additional details.