This Saturday, Jan. 30 vs. the Atlanta Thrashers has been designated a “Nashville Predators Care for Kids” game night where 25 percent of every single-game ticket sold, 100 percent of the silent-auction proceeds and any cash donations received will be donated back to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in support of the Vanderbilt Childhood Cancer Program. Initiatives from this special night include:
•Both the Predators and Vanderbilt University Medical Center joined together to contribute many unique and exciting items for fans to bid on including: a Vanderbilt Life Flight ride along, a VUMC Hot Air Balloon ride, a suite to the Black Eyed Peas concert, a Hockey Fights Cancer jersey signed by Jordin Tootoo
and several ceramic plates designed by patients from Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
•The Ford Fund Donation – For every Predators save on Saturday night, Ford will donate $250 (up to $5,000) to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
•Fans may donate $5 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital by texting “PREDS” to 85944.
•DNC-Sportservice will donate a percentage of the proceeds for each souvenir cup sold to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for the remainder of the season.
•Child Ambassador for the evening, Elisha Mott, a young cancer patient, will run the air horn in between periods and ride the Zamboni.
•Hockey Fights Cancer team-autographed hats will be offered for sale at the silent auction table, with all proceeds going back to support the initiative.
•J.P. Dumont’s suite, Dumont’s Den, will host pediatric cancer families and will receive a post game meet and greet.
Vanderbilt and the Predators first became strategic partners when they joined forces in the summer of 2008 – with Vanderbilt signing on as the Predator’s integrated health care provider. Vanderbilt has long been a prominent fixture within the community as has been noted for its continued medical excellence and efforts to help its young patients. The Nashville Predators Foundation – whose efforts are also youth-oriented – jumped at the chance to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital.
“These benefit nights are a natural fit for our partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center,” Predators President of Business Operations Ed Lang said. “Our entire organization – especially the players – sees the value in and enjoys working with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Because of this, we want to do our part to ensure the resources are available for the finest care of these young patients.”
Over the years, Predators players and team mascot GNASH have made numerous visits to patients at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Some players have even taken a special interest in the cause like Predators forward J.P. Dumont, who sponsors a suite for Preds home games that is made available to Children’s Hospital patients and their families.
“I consider it a privilege to be able to help support these kids and their families,” Dumont said. “These children are part of the community that supports us and being able to give back to them not only helps put a smile on their faces but on ours as well. I’m really proud to be a part of these special benefit nights.”
This is the second consecutive season the Nashville Predators and Vanderbilt University Medical Center have teamed up to host benefit nights in support of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Last season, these events raised more than $100,000.