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by Press Release / Nashville Predators
-Child Ambassador and special silent auction highlight Preds’ We Care for Kids Night-

Nashville, Tenn. (March 9, 2011) – When the Nashville Predators hit the Bridgestone Arena ice this Saturday, March 12 to take on the Colorado Avalanche, they will be showing their support for the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative with the second of two We Care for Kids benefit nights held this season – the first of which occurred this past October.

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To help support the fight against cancer, the Predators Foundation will hold an auction including a few Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys worn and autographed by the players during pregame skate in October, plates designed and painted by cancer patients and autographed by Preds players, Preds coaches and broadcasters will don lavender Hockey Fights Cancer ties, and the silent-auction table will offer Hockey Fights Cancer themed Mystery Sticks and bracelets as well as Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt t-shirts. All proceeds from the silent auction – and 25 percent of every single-game ticket sold – will be donated back to Children’s Hospital.

Serving as Child Ambassador for the night will be 17-year-old Marshall, a local Preds fan and cancer patient. Marshall will be given the honor of dropping the puck in a pre-game ceremonial faceoff. He will also be named Mayor of Smashville for the evening – charging him with the task of welcoming the team back on the ice with an air-raid siren from the band stage after the first intermission – and prior to that will be interviewed by Preds announcer Pete Weber and color analyst Terry Crisp.

Other initiatives from the night include:
•The Nashville Predators created a web link at for fans to join the fight against cancer and donate to the Nashville Predators pediatric cancer research grant.
•In conjunction with their “Be The Match” campaign, Vanderbilt Gives Back will be holding a bone marrow donor drive. Fans can stop by, fill out a health form and have their cheek swabbed to join the registry.
•J-P Dumont and Steve Sullivan will host several Children's Hospital patients and their families in their personal Kids Come First suite for the game. A post-game player meet-and-greet/autograph session will take place.
•Intermission entertainment provided by Soul Incision, a band comprised entirely of Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors.
•Silent auction will be offering premier items including Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys autographed by the Nashville Predators team, Ryan Suter, Matt Lombardi and Marcel Goc, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Life Flight ride, platters designed by Children's Hospital patients and autographed by Preds players and much more!
•The Predators Foundation will sell lavender Hockey Fights Cancer Mystery Sticks for a $25 donation. All proceeds go back to fund the Nashville Flashes of Hope chapter at Children’s Hospital.
•The Predators Foundation will sell lavender Hockey Fights Cancer bracelets for a $1 donation.
•Two young cancer patients will serve as Jr. Dancers for the night spending time with the dancers pregame and during the 1st period and 1st intermission.
•Former cancer patient Trace Kimler will be our Blue Liner of the game. He will skate out with the Nashville Predators starting line-up for the National Anthem. Trace participated in the ceremonial puck drop in October of 2009 for Hockey Fights Cancer and is currently in remission from Ewing Sarcoma cancer.
•The Nashville Predators donated a number of tickets to Saturday’s game to several local charities including Gilda’s Club, I’m Too Young for This, Make-a-Wish, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. All pediatric cancer patients will be given a We Care for Kids t-shirt to wear at the game.
•The Nashville Predators have placed four coin machines with Children’s Hospital logos around the concourse of Bridgestone Arena to collect change throughout the season. Change collected will go back to Children’s Hospital.
•Volunteers from Kohl’s Department Store will be stationed at all main entrances collecting change from fans as they enter. They will also walk the concourse during both intermissions and solicit donations from fans
•Children’s Hospital mascot Champ and patients from the hospital will ride the Zamboni during pregame and intermissions and sit in the penalty box pregame.
•Children’s Hospital will have five information tables around the concourse: Children’s Cancer, Junior League – Healthy Children’s Programming, Children’s Cancer, Safety Central, Be the Match (bone marrow), and Donate Life.
•A Children’s Hospital ambulance will be placed on the plaza as fans enter the building.
•All employees working the game will wear a lavender ribbon on their lapel.

In July, the Nashville Predators held a press conference at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. They presented Children’s Hospital with a check for $125,000 – one-hundred thousand dollars to endow a Nashville Predators pediatric cancer research fund – which will always be active and to which others may donate – with the remaining $25,000 supporting a number of programs including Books From Birth and the Vanderbilt Children’s Health Improvement and Prevention (VCHIP) Program.

Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative created by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association which honors those in the hockey community who have struggled, or continue to struggle with the disease. This year the NHL gave all 30 teams $10,000 to go toward a cancer charity of their choice. The Nashville Predators selected Children’s Hospital. The goal of Hockey Fights Cancer is to raise money and awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research. To date, the initiative has raised more than $11 million for cancer research and care.

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