SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today that John Colombo has been named the Florida Panthers Senior Director of the Florida Panthers Foundation and Community Relations. In his seventh season with the club, Colombo previously held the role of Director of Community Relations.
"From striving daily to support the South Florida Community to his passion about youth hockey, John embodies the values of the Florida Panthers organization," said Senior Vice President Shawn Thornton. "He manages an unbelievably dedicated and hardworking team and I'm excited about the future of our Foundation and community outreach."
In this role, Colombo will head the Florida Panthers Foundation's key fundraising efforts as well as the team's grassroots and community outreach initiatives.
A native of West Haven, Connecticut, Colombo graduated from Seton Hall University in 2009 and has led the team's Panther Patrol, built Learn to Play and school floorball programs from the ground up introducing the sport of hockey to more than 100,000 children across South Florida.
Colombo's community relations team includes: Youth Hockey Manager Matt Janusz, Community Relations Coordinator Matt Smith, Community Activation Coordinator Anna DiCecco, Youth Hockey Specialist Leanne Judy and Community Relations Assistant Christian Potvin. The Foundation team includes Foundation Coordinators Danielle Jacobs and Daniela DeNicolo.
The Florida Panthers Foundation and Community Relations pillar programs for 2019-20 will remain:
Florida Panthers Community Champions presented by Moss Construction
At each home game, the Florida Panthers Foundation awards one grant to a local 501c(3) organization from the South Florida area. With over $3 million awarded so far, this program has supported efforts in the areas of children's health and education, Veterans issues, conservation of the Florida Panther and youth hockey.
Florida Panthers Military Heroes Among Us presented by City Furniture
'Heroes Among Us' honors a serviceman or woman during each Florida Panthers home game at BB&T Center. Since the inception of the program, the Panthers have honored over 250 members of the Military.
Upcoming events for the Foundation include:
'Pucks and Pints' Beerfest presented by Funky Buddha
'Pucks & Pints' Beerfest presented by Funky Buddha Brewery will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30 at BB&T Center when the Panthers host the Nashville Predators. The biannual event features beer samplings from local breweries, live music, giveaways and more. Three ticket options are available for fans to purchase. VIP Entry is available for $115 which includes a club endzone ticket to the Panthers vs. Predators game, early access into the beer garden at 3 p.m, parking, $20 loaded ticket for food and beverage and more. General Admission is available for $65 for an upper level ticket to the game, access to beer garden at 4 p.m and parking. Both ticket options include a 4oz sampling mug. Click here to purchase tickets.
Fans can browse all Foundation events at FloridaPanthers.com/FoundationEvents.
All year long, fans can support the Florida Panthers Foundation and it's four pillars at home games with:
Both at BB&T Center and digitally through the Florida Panthers Mobile App, Cats fans can purchase a ticket to the spilt the pot raffle. On Saturday night home games at BB&T Center, the 50/50 raffle will be seeded at $25,000 for fans to get the chance to win big. For more information or to pick up your ticket online, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/5050.
Florida Panthers Foundation Table Outside of Club Lexus
Check back each home game at BB&T Center for a new and unique item for auction as well as items for sale to benefit the foundation such as the "Panthers and Paws" Calendar, Hockey Fights Cancer Lapel Pins and more. This season at the table, fans can enter to win a signed puck for just $1 in the program 'Puck for a Buck.'
The Florida Panthers Hockey Programs include:
Learn to Play
In its fourth year, the Florida Panthers Learn to Play program is a program for children ages 5-9 to try hockey for the first time at an affordable price. Participants receive six weeks of on-ice training from USA Hockey certified coaches and Panthers Alumni and free equipment to keep after the six sessions. The program is currently in all six South Florida rinks and one on the west coast of Florida. For more information visit FloridaPanthers.com/LearnToPlay.
The Panthers school floorball program provides equipment including nets, sticks, balls and instruction manuals to local schools along with a teacher-training day where PE teachers learn how to integrate floorball into their PE curriculums. The program is currently in 250 schools in the tri-county area (Broward, Miami-Dade & Palm Beach). To register your school, please click here.
About Florida Panthers Foundation
Under the ownership of Vincent J. Viola and Douglas A. Cifu, the vision of the Florida Panthers Foundation is to make a positive philanthropic impact on the South Florida community and beyond. Through partnerships, grants, and community programs, the Foundation focuses on four priority areas: building the game of hockey for children and youth, supporting health and education initiatives for children, advocating for and supporting veterans' issues, and raising awareness about the endangered Florida Panther. The Panthers Foundation raises money through various fundraisers and in-game initiatives, including the 50/50 raffle, jersey and memorabilia auctions, outside events and other opportunities to engage fans in support of the Foundation. Through the Foundation, the Florida Panthers look to support exemplary South Florida nonprofit organizations that help make a positive impact in the local community.
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