It was a night to remember for some and a night to reflect for others, but one thought everyone had in common Monday night was the desire to help those most in need.
The Islanders participated in a dinner auction that benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as Leukemia patient, Taylor Attema, a relative of Trent Hunter.
"It's moving that the Islanders and the NHL have done so much to help not just the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, but Taylor as well," said Trent. "It really means a lot to me and my family."
The auction, which was held at NHL.com until January 17th, raised over $15,000 for both the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Taylor. The dinner was held at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, where Richard Park presented the check for $15,470 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, while Trent and his wife Teri accepted the same amount on behalf of the Attema family.
"We are so excited and appreciative to have had the opportunity to be at the dinner," said Nicole Kowaleski, a representative of the society. "I think it is safe to say that the Islanders and the NHL made every single one of Rich's dreams come true! For us as an organization, it is so nice to be able to work with an organization like yours, and blend our efforts."
Ted Nolan played master of ceremonies throughout the evening that featured over 20 tables of players along with the winning bidders.
"The money is going to such a good cause," said Chris Campoli. "So many people lose family members and friends because of cancer, so I'm honored to have been part of this event."
While players like Campoli reflected on being part of the event, winners of the auction dinner did as well, but also took note of their company at dinner.
"We had such a great time at dinner," said Donna Cettina, who sat with her daughter at Campoli's table. "Chris was such a nice guy. We can't thank him and the Islanders for such a wonderful event."
The event was a success, raising more money than expected, and in the end that is what matters most. The Islanders were honored to be part of such a worthy cause, while the auction winners went home with smiles on their faces having mingled with some of their favorite Islanders and contributed to a foundation that has saved lives and will continue to do so in the future.