The New York Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to Sandy Hook Promise prior to the Sound Tigers game on April 6, 2013. The gesture was in support of the recovery process taking place after the December tragedy in Newtown, CT that took the lives of 20 children and six adults. The Islanders and Sound Tigers hosted an auction in early January 2013 to raise funds for the victims, families and first-responders of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, one of the worst acts of school violence in our nation’s history.
The funds were raised from an auction that had items from both NHL and AHL teams. In addition to the auction, the Sound Tigers Booster Club collected donations on numerous game nights. The check was presented to Sandy Hook Promise Co-Founder, Tim Makris and Newtown resident, Scott Wolfman.
“We are overwhelmed with what Howard, The Sound Tigers, Islanders, fans and community have done in response to the Newtown Tragedy,” Makris said. “It shows us why love will always win; why out of such tragedy comes enormous good. We are very grateful and appreciative of what the organization has done and will continue to do for the community of Newtown.”
Carlee, Jillian and Matthew Soto, siblings of 27-year-old first grade teacher Victoria Soto, who sacrificed her life to protect her young students, dropped the ceremonial puck. Carlee and Jillian wore a custom-made number 26 Sound Tigers jersey with “Newtown” on the back, and Matthew honored the school’s late principal by wearing the team’s alternate jersey with “Hochsprung” sewn on the back.
“This was a tragedy that affected numerous friends and families in our local community,” Islanders Manager of Community Relations Ann Rina said. “To host this auction and receive such support from just about every team in both the NHL and AHL was extremely humbling. The Sandy Hook School is less than 20 minutes from Webster Bank Arena so as an organization, bringing our partners together to help these local friends and families was an easy decision.”
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-profit corporation created by members of the community of Newtown, Connecticut in response to the shooting on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which killed 20 children, four teachers and two administrators. The first mission of SHP is to support the families of the victims, the survivors, first responders, teachers and staff of the school as well as the community of Newtown (“our community”) by providing financial and service support and assistance whenever possible and for as long as it takes for each individual to heal. The SHP mission is to work to identify and implement holistic, common sense solutions that will make our community and our country safer from similar acts of violence through education, outreach and grass-roots discussion. SHP believes the time has come to enter into these discussions with equal parts of Love, Compassion, and Common Sense. (http://www.sandyhookpromise.org/)