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Couture leading effort on fundraisers to benefit Gilroy victims

Sharks continue to support community affected by mass shooting July 28

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks are continuing to show their support for Gilroy, California.

The forward is are spearheading two #GilroyStrong fundraisers Monday that will raise money for those affected by the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28.

Tweet from @Logancouture: Looking forward to seeing many @SanJoseSharks fans on Monday. Please support if you can. Thank you! https://t.co/iTeYjEdVhH

Couture will be joined by teammates Erik Karlsson, Tomas Hertl, Kevin Labanc and Brenden Dillon, as well as Sharks alumni members Jamie Baker and Jonathan Cheechoo, for an autograph session at the Veterans Memorial Building of Gilroy. The group then will attend a dinner at The Milias Restaurant, also in Gilroy.

Tweet from @ErikKarlsson65: Come join us for a great cause. #GilroyStrong https://t.co/dcMfvLHZ6k

Fans can buy tickets to each event at the Sharks Foundation website. The proceeds will benefit the Gilroy Foundation, a Gilroy-based nonprofit that has been accepting donations for those affected through its Victims Relief Fund.

Aside from the fundraisers, the Sharks will celebrate first responders during their Heroes Appreciation Night on Jan. 27 before their game against the Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks' American Hockey League affiliate in San Jose will also don special Gilroy Strong jerseys during warmups for their December games, then auction them off with proceeds benefiting the Gilroy Foundation.

The Sharks have been doing their part to support Gilroy, a community about 30 miles southeast of San Jose, in the aftermath of the shooting that left four people dead and 13 injured. SJ Sharkie escorted kids to school on the first day of class at Solersano Middle School on Aug. 14. The Sharks Foundation also donated $10,000 to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to offset trauma-related expenses for the victims.

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