SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers Foundation announced today that it raised $165,000 toward the fight against pediatric cancer during the sold out Fourth Annual Face-Off Luncheon yesterday at the Coral Springs Marriott Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center. The Foundation received generous donations of $75,000 from longtime Panthers fan Marleen Forkas and $25,000 from the Viner Family Foundation.
In addition, Panthers goalies Scott Clemmensen
and Tomas Vokoun announced the Saves For Kids Program, in which each of them will donate $1 for every total save made this season to benefit the Jessica June’s Children’s Cancer Fund.
The Foundation also unveiled their new promotional video to help spread the message about its pledge to fight pediatric cancer (CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
“We are absolutely thrilled to raise $165,000 in the fight against pediatric cancer during this year’s Face-Off Luncheon,” said new Florida Panthers Foundation Executive Director Rachel Brooke. “The Foundation owes a huge debt of gratitude to everyone involved in the Luncheon, particularly Marleen Forkas, the Viner Family Foundation, goalies Scott Clemmensen
and Tomas Vokoun, as well as all of our sponsors, players, staff, executives, fans, partners and supporters.
“It was also wonderful to hear Foundation Chairman Stu Siegel and General Manager Dale Tallon speak about the commitment of our entire organization to fighting pediatric cancer and providing a better future for the children of South Florida. We now must turn our attention to the Foundation Golf Tournament on Dec. 13.”
The Fourth Annual Face-Off Luncheon was sponsored by AdGraphics, Andy Frain Services, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management & Bart Cohodas, Lifestyle Magazines, BankAtlantic, BDO, Cleveland Clinic, Broward Health, the Coral Springs Marriott Hotel, Gulfstream Park, Dr. Gelbard, Mayors, JetBlue, Millennium Laser Eye Centers, Antigen Realty, The Boca Raton Observer, Rooms To Go, DEX Imaging, Whole Foods Market of Coral Springs, Edible Arrangements of Coral Springs, Ron Book, PA, and Evan Fall Protection Inc.
The Face-Off Luncheon featured every Florida Panthers player, coach and staff member dining with Panthers fans during a high-end lunch, in addition to incredible auction items, giveaways, autograph and photo opportunities and more. This year also featured new Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon addressing the attendees along with Panthers Foundation Chairman Stu Siegel and emcee and Panthers television analyst Steve “Goldie” Goldstein.
Additionally, more than 40 children and their families affected by pediatric cancer were on hand to enjoy the day’s festivities and interact with their favorite Panthers players and personalities.
The Face-Off Luncheon was the first of three pillar events for the Panthers Foundation during the 2010-11 NHL season including the Foundation Golf Tournament on Dec. 13 and Bowling Event in February. For information on future Florida Panthers Foundation events, contact Community Development & Foundation Coordinator Darren Perry at 954.835.7715 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
. The Panthers Foundation Pledge for Pediatric Cancer:
- We pledge to donate over $250,000 to individuals and families affected by pediatric cancer.
- We pledge to volunteer staff hours to assist individuals and families affected by
- We pledge to provide unique opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences for individuals and families affected by pediatric cancer.
- We pledge to cultivate relationships and create alliances with community organizations that are focused on supporting individuals and families affected by pediatric cancer.
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