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Florida Panthers Foundation Announces Face-Off Luncheon

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
First Major Fundraiser of the Season presented by AvMed Health Plans

SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers Foundation today announced plans for its first annual Face-Off Luncheon presented by AvMed Health Plans, to be held on Monday, Sept. 24 at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton.

The Luncheon will feature a speech from Florida Panthers general manager and head coach Jacques Martin outlining the upcoming season and his expectations for the 2007-08 Florida Panthers. Fans will enjoy a gourmet lunch with all of the Panthers players and coaches in attendance at this five star location.

Individual tickets are $85 and will include a voucher for four club level tickets to a Florida Panthers home game in October (excluding Opening Night). Tables of 10 will also be available for purchase for $800 and each guest will also receive a voucher for four club level tickets to a Florida Panthers home game in October (excluding Opening Night). All proceeds will go toward the Florida Panthers Foundation.

“Our Face-Off Luncheon is an exciting way to kick off our fundraising efforts for the 2007-08 season,” said Executive Director Alaina Miller. “With the generous support of our presenting sponsor, AvMed Health Plans, and our associate sponsor, IKEA, the Face-Off Luncheon is shaping up to be an event not to be missed by true Panthers fans. We look forward to being able to present the 2007-08 Florida Panthers team for the first time and to raise additional funds for the children of South Florida.”

“The Florida Panthers are a great organization and we are happy to be their partner in the inaugural Face-Off Luncheon,” said AvMed Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ed Hannum. “AvMed Health Plans and the Panthers share a common commitment to the South Florida community.”

Over the past year the Florida Panthers Foundation has donated Florida Panthers game tickets and auction items including team-signed jerseys and sticks and Zamboni rides to various South Florida charities. Recipients include: Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Broward County, American Cancer Society, JAFCO, Homestead Air Reserve, Soref JCC, Boys & Girls Club, Miami Disadvantaged Youth, Dept. of Naval Science, American Jewish Community, City of Plantation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, H.O.P.E., Camelot Community Center, Stellar Kids, the Andy Roddick Foundation and Rock and Wrap It Up!.

For more information about any of the player charities or the Panthers Foundation please contact Alaina Miller at (954) 835-7730 or

AvMed Health Plans, headquartered in Miami, has been serving Florida businesses for over 35 years.  AvMed offers a diverse portfolio of health benefits with customized plans defined by personal service.

The Florida Panthers Foundation mission is to assist non-profit organizations which focus on healthcare, education and cultural needs of children and families through corporate partnerships, philanthropic grants and unique resources.   Through teamwork, interaction and dedication, the Florida Panthers Foundation works to bring together a wealth of talent on and off the ice to build a better future for the people of South Florida.

The Florida Panthers 2007-08 season is presented by the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Home to more than 185 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center is consistently a top 15 worldwide venue according to Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of the Sinatra Theatre presented by BankAtlantic and three monthly South Florida publications: Live On Stage Credentials, Unrestricted and Panthers Insider.
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