Nashville, Tenn. (February 18, 2009) – The Nashville Predators and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have teamed up to host benefit nights raising money and awareness for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Thursday, February 19 vs. division-rival St. Louis Blues has been designated a “Predators Care for Kids” game night. On this night, 25 percent of every single-game ticket sold and, additionally, 100 percent of the silent-auction proceeds will be donated back to the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Predators dancers, as well as volunteers from the Nashville Predators Foundation and Vanderbilt, will be collecting donations at all Sommet Center entrances before the game and throughout the building during the game.
Auction items for this “Preds Care for Kids” benefit night include:
- Vanderbilt LifeFlight Ride Along: Winner will join two experienced flight nurses and a pilot to see what Vanderbilt LifeFlight has to offer to the people of Middle Tennessee. The winner will experience a day of excitement, soaring the skies in the most state-of-the-art aircraft in the Air Medical Industry and finding out what it is like to provide emergency care in the flight environment
- VUMC Sponsored Hot Air Balloon Ride: Winner and a guest will take to the skies for a hot air balloon ride in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center hot air balloon. Departure/landing location TBD.
- 2008-2009 Western Conference All-Star Jersey signed by Shea Weber.
- Bench Seats to the March 5 game vs. Columbus: includes four seats between the benches, pre-game dinner in the suite-level club, game-used pucks and a premium-seat gift.
- Autographed Jersey by the Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price: All-SEC, All-American, SEC Pitcher and Male Athlete of the Year in 2007.
- A bat signed by Florida Marlins All-star second-baseman Dan Uggla.
- An autographed game-worn helmet from Dan Ellis custom designed for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
- Bass Fishing Trip: Winner will enjoy a day of bass fishing, learn some tricks of the trade and join Jeff Baker, head of the fishing team for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and award winning professional angler. Jeff competes on the FLW Tour and is a part of many regional tournaments. He will provide an informational and entertaining day on the lake. No fishing experience required.
*Some items will have minimum bid requirements.
The first “Predators Care for Kids” benefit night was held on December 4 and was met with great success; the upcoming benefit night on February 19 is expected to be even more successful. The Predators set a two-game goal of raising $100K to be donated to the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and are well on their way to reaching that mark thanks to the generous contributions from its fans. The Predators hope to make this initiative an annual event.
“Vanderbilt is an important part of the Nashville community —especially in regards to its outstanding work caring for children,” Predators President of Business Operations Ed Lang said. “The Predators Foundation has also made an impact on the lives of Middle Tennessee children with its youth-oriented initiatives. With similar goals of child welfare in mind, we jumped at the opportunity to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital in any way we could.”
Vanderbilt and the Predators first became strategic partners when they joined forces over the summer—with Vanderbilt signing on as the Predator’s integrated health care provider. Over the years, Predators players and team mascot GNASH have made numerous visits to patients at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Some players have even taken a special interest in the cause. Predators forwards J.P. Dumont and Martin Erat
sponsor suites for Predators home games that are made available to Children’s Hospital patients and their families.
“It is heart-breaking that many of these kids worry about life-threatening conditions instead of living the care-free childhood so many others have,” said Dumont. “As a professional athlete, I feel it is important to give back to the community that supports us, and this is one way I can bring a little joy to some kids going through a difficult time in their lives. There is nothing better than seeing those kids smile.”
For those not wishing to attend the game but still interested in helping with the fundraising efforts, tickets may purchased for the purpose of donation through or by contacting Brad Gillispie at (615) 770-2114 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. Monetary contributions in the form of cash, check, or credit card will be collected through Rebecca Ward at (615) 770-2321 or email@example.com
Donations can also be made online through J.P. Dumont and Martin Erat
’s involvement with Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids
charity—which will match 100% of all online donations. Laptops will be set up on the main concourse across from the silent-auction table on game night for the purpose of collecting donations. Teammates for kids is an innovative foundation which partners with athletes, celebrities, organizations and fans to create and execute inventive concepts that generate funds for the benefit of children's charities. To donate in Dumont or Erat’s name, please visit nashvillepredators.com/donate.
“Predators Care for Kids” benefit night is just one special night of many during the month of February—which plays host to the Predators busiest month ever with 15 games total and a franchise-record 10 home games. During the month—dubbed Fangtastic February—there will be a number of promotions and initiatives for both new and old fans alike. For more information on Fantastic February and all of the special events and promotions, please visit nashvillepredators.com/fangtasticfebruary