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by Jason Lockhart / New York Islanders
Rexcorp Islanders Inspire brings smiles to more than a thousand children on Kids Opening Day

On a day celebrating the kids of Long Island, there was no better time to see the magic of Rexcorp Islanders Inspire than on Monday at the Kids Home Opener.
Mike Comrie sponsors Most Valuable Kids

Decked out in their newly received Rick DiPietro youth jerseys, the over 1,200 kids who received free tickets courtesy of Rexcorp Islanders Inspire through the support of Bill Guerin, Mike Comrie, Rick DiPietro, Jon Sim, Ruslan Fedotenko and a host of other organizations and individuals paraded through the Coliseum concourse and watched today’s game with smiles as wide as can be.

With the Kids Opener being a hot ticket, the children were spread out all across the Nassau Coliseum as they showed their pride for the Islanders, their organizations and their favorite players with hand-made signs.

“It was a great day for everyone involved,” said Tony Bandelato, the Executive Director of the Hempstead Boys and Girls Club. “It provided an opportunity for our youngsters to become more familiar with the Islanders and hockey. Many of our kids lack the funds to be able to attend events like these, so this was their chance to experience something different.”

Gateway Youth Outreach Inc.

Generous donors that contributed to Islanders Inspire on Kids Opening Day:

•    Bill Guerin
•    Mike Comrie
•    Ruslan Fedotenko
•    Jon Sim
•    Rick DiPietro
•    Kimko Realty
•    Strategy XXI
•    Michele Morck
•    Islander Mania
•    Rexcorp
•    Terranova
•    Bossy's Bunch
•    Make a Wish Found.
•    Big Brothers Big Sisters
•    CCAN
•    Winthrop Buddies Program
•    Schneiders Child Hospital
•    Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
•    Northshore/LIJ
•    Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation

Foundations that attended Monday’s game included:

•    Most Valuable Kids
•    Suffolk County Coalition  Against Domestic Violence
•    Boys and Girls Club of Oyster Bay-East Norwich
•    Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area
•    Gateway Youth Outreach Inc.
•    Hempstead Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc.
•    Village Academy
•    Jacobs Giving Away
•    QSAC Astoria
•    Leadership Training Institute
•    Mercy First
•    Manhasset-Great Neck EOC
•    Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area
•    Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club
•    Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club
•    Hicksville Youth Council's Boys and Girls Club
•    Huntington Station Enrichment Center

Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Enrichment Center

For more information about RexCorp Islanders Inspire or to reserve your seats, please call (800) 882-ISLES, Ext. 3 or email to speak to a representative now.

Check out video on Islanders TV from last year's Kids Opening Day by clicking here.
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