On Monday, October 2, the LA Kings hosted the annual Golf Tournament at Pacific Palms Resort.
The golf tournament, which raises money for Children's Hospital Los Angeles, was attended by all LA Kings players, numerous alumni and Hockey Operations Executives.
The timing of the event, just one day after the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Festival, was an all-too-real reminder of the importance of the team's commitment to CHLA's department of Pathology.
For that reason, the team opted to move forward with the fundraiser.
"Our organization was personally impacted by the terrible events in Las Vegas, but we felt that we must be proactive in our response to the tragedy," said Jennifer Pope, VP of Kings Care Foundation. "We raise money each year for CHLA to ensure that those in need of blood products have access to it. We decided to move forward with the Golf Tournament because victims and patients need it now more than ever."
In all, over $175,000 was raised from this event.
With the help of the LA Kings, CHLA's department of Pathology is self-sufficient in blood products.
Their annual tournament will continue to benefit improvements to the blood donation process and research on how transfusions impact children's genes.