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Hosting A Thanksgiving Feast

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
By Dave Joseph for

There are times, Tomas Vokoun said, when you have to think about more than goals and statistics.

One of those times will come Tuesday evening when the Panthers and their new Pillar Partner JetBlue Airways along with Bova Cucina team up to host a Thanksgiving feast for several underprivileged families from the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County.

Players, coaches, team owners and executives will provide each family with a night of fine food, gifts and entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Bova Cucina in Boca Raton.

“We’re very fortunate to have so much of what we desire,” Vokoun said. “But some people don’t have basic things that we take for granted, like something to eat and drink. That’s why it's important to give back to the community. It’s important we help and understand that sometimes there are more important things than goals and statistics. We have to be concerned with our neighbors and share with them.”

Coach Peter DeBoer, who will attend the feast accompanied by his wife Susan, said; “It’s exciting to help out anybody we can, especially with this economy and the way things are going. We have a rare night off and I can’t think of a better way to spend it.”

Along with DeBoer and Vokoun, others present at the event will be players Jordan Leopold, Dmitry Kulikov and Gregory Campbell, Panthers Managing Director and Foundation Chairman Stu Siegel, Panthers President and COO Michael Yormark, Boys & Girls Club of Broward County Chief Administrative Officer Sam Jordan, BOVA Group Director Sande Weinstein, JetBlue uniformed crewmembers, Bova Panthers Ice Dancersand Stanley C. Panther.

“The entire Florida Panthers organization is humbled by the opportunity to provide a Thanksgiving feast to remember for needy families in South Florida,” Yormark said. “I’d like to personally thank JetBlue and Bova Cucina for their support on this wonderful event, as well as all the Panthers players, coaches, owners and executives that are taking part.”
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