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Preds Partners, City of Nashville Show Support During Playoff Run

Bridgestone, Nissan, Dunkin' Donuts and the City of Nashville All In During Preds Postseason Journey

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Stanley Cup Playoffs fever has taken over Nashville.

From the flags and banners flying proudly around town to the massive watch parties across the city - indoors and out - Predators pride is as abundant as it's ever been.

That excitement hasn't been lost on Nashville businesses and corporations with roots in the city, either. Companies like Bridgestone, Nissan and Dunkin' Donuts, staunch supporters of the team, are seeing their names receive national attention during the run, thanks to the club's success.

And just as the more 17,200 in Bridgestone Arena, and the countless others watching elsewhere, have seen their heart rates rise with each goal and save this spring, so too are those who partner with the Predators.

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Preds Pledge Funds, Support to St. Louis Flood Relief Efforts

Predators President Henry Says Time to "Pay It Forward"

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Preds Helping With Flood Relief

Preds, Blues are helping with St. Louis flood relief

Blues CEO Chris Zimmerman, Preds CEO Sean Henry share how they're leading food relief efforts for the city of St. Louis

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They're not the friendliest of foes on the ice.

But when torrential rains brought flooding to parts of the St. Louis metro area in recent days, affecting fans of the Blues, the Nashville Predators didn't think twice about lending a hand.

Prior to Game Five between the Preds and Blues at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, the two clubs held a joint press conference to announce that all proceeds raised from the Smash Car on the Bridgestone Arena plaza during Friday's Game Five Plaza Party, as well as the Predators Foundation's online auction during the game, will be donated to assist in the city's flood relief efforts.

Predators President and CEO Sean Henry and Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman were on hand to discuss the efforts - with both clubs planning to donate proceeds from various initiatives from tonight's game, and beyond, to the recovery.

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Preds Foundation Distributes Record Total to Grant Recipients

Record $503,103 Distributed to 129 Nashville and Middle Tennessee Organizations

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Twelve hours after the Nashville Predators took a 3-1 series lead in Round Two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs on the ice, the Predators Foundation had a record setting morning off of it.

During a ceremony at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday morning, the Foundation distributed a record 129 grants and $503,103 to Nashville and Middle Tennessee-based community serve and charitable organizations. Combined with Wednesday's donation, the Preds Foundation donated more than $1 million in cash to organizations across the 2016-17 season.

That's a lot of good spread throughout one of the nation's premier cities.

And while the Foundation provides the outlet to help make those donations a reality, it's those who are in the community on a daily basis, working to make a difference in the lives of those who call Nashville home, that this day is all about.

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Preds President Honored with State Proclamation for Efforts with MEND

Sean Henry was Surprised with a State Honor Thanks to His Work in the MEND Initiative

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

MEND: Unsilence the Violence

Preds take a stand for ending domestic violence

The Nashville Predators voice their support of ending domestic violence through the MEND campaign

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Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry received quite a surprise on Thursday during the monthly meeting of the Nashville Metropolitan Sports Authority board meeting, held at Bridgestone Arena.

Thanks to his tireless work in the community, particularly with MEND - an initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging and educating men and boys - Henry was honored with a proclamation from the state of Tennessee, presented by Representative Bill Beck.

Henry's work with MEND began more than two years ago when he met with now CEO Emeritus of the Nashville YWCA, Patricia Glaser Shea. Since then, the support for the project has grown exponentially, including the Preds and the Nashville Predators Foundation teaming up with Allstate this past January to donate $500,000 to MEND over a five-year span.

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Kincheloe Embodies Preds "Fan-First Mentality"

Day One Employee Has Brought Values, Hospitality to Bridgestone Arena for More Than 20 Years

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson / Corporate Communications Coordinator

Walking into Britt Kincheloe's office, you'll most likely see a fresh bouquet of flowers on her desk: an assortment crafted by a coworker, season-ticket holder or former employee. Her office door is rarely closed, and when she isn't rushing from meeting to meeting, her guest chair is always occupied. Trinkets line the office, ranging from memorabilia dating back to Bridgestone Arena's opening to art hand-crafted by her brother.

Kincheloe's office is a visual definition of the impact she has made during her 20 years in Smashville. As Vice President of Service and Retention for Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators, Kincheloe talks about her humble beginnings inside the building. Working for a temp agency - the perfect job for Kincheloe at the time to sample what she liked - she was placed at 501 Broadway to answer phones a few weeks before the building even officially opened its doors.

"I started on Dec. 6, 1996, and the first event was the weekend of Dec. 17-18," Kincheloe said. "I was hired on full time after that."

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Preds to Hold Open House on April 8

Free Event from 6 to 9:30 p.m. (CT) Includes Regular-Season Finale Watch Party and Season-Tickets Giveaway

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

The Nashville Predators will hold an Open House at Bridgestone Arena on April 8, centered around a viewing party of the team's regular-season finale in Winnipeg and a giveaway of season tickets.

The free event, running from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (CT), will feature the opportunity to select seats for the 2017-18 season, locker room tours and the Preds at Jets game shown on the megatron. At least 45 percent savings on 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff tickets will be available to fans who become Preds season-ticket holders on April 8.

In addition to family friendly activities, fans will have the opportunity to shoot on a net with the chance to win two season tickets in the Lower Bowl for the 2017-18 season.

For more information on the most extensive benefits package for season-ticket holders ever offered by the Preds or to get your tickets today, click here

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Arena Receives Recognition from Weather Service

Nashville Predators are First NHL Team to Become Storm Ready

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (March 29, 2017) - Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators have announced the recognition from the National Weather Service in Nashville for its completion of the StormReady program. Completing this program states that Bridgestone Arena is approved as a NWS StormReady Supporter and is well-equipped to handle all severe forms of weather.

"We are excited to continue our work with our partners at the Office of Emergency Management and National Weather Service Nashville," Director of Public Safety for Bridgestone Arena Chad Ludkey said. "This partnership ensures that all guests entering Bridgestone Arena can rest easy knowing we have done everything possible to improve preparedness in the event of extreme disaster. Their safety is our number one priority." 

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Preds to Host Military Appreciation Week

Presented by Ford, Predators Will Honor the Military During Upcoming Home Stand

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The freedoms we enjoy as Americans - like cheering on the Nashville Predators - wouldn't be possible without the men and women of the United States military. Now, it's time to say thanks.

The Preds will host Military Appreciation Week, presented by Ford, over the coming days, to honor those who sacrifice to protect the nation, and it begins Saturday with a special broadcast on Fox Sports Tennessee as the Preds take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. A military theme will include a message from Head Coach Peter Laviolette, and it all leads into a one-of-a-kind week at Bridgestone Arena as the team returns for a three-game home stand.

When the Predators host Arizona this Monday, Calgary on Thursday and San Jose on Saturday, all fans will first be greeted by U.S. Armed Forces vehicles on the Bridgestone Arena Plaza on display for viewing. Upon entry into the Arena, all fans will receive miniature U.S. flags so each patron can participate in the patriotic display.

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Preds, Partners Surprise Local Family a New Car

Biana Family is Given a new Nissan Quest During Emotional, In-Arena Ceremony

by Veronica Behonick @PredsNHL /

Preds Give Van to Family in Need

Preds surprise Tarantola family with new Nissan van

The Preds, in partnership with Dollar Club, Cross Point Church, Cottage Cove and Sonic Automotive, give the Tarantola family a new van

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March 13 was an unforgettable evening for Bianca Tarantola and her family at Bridgestone Arena, as the Nashville Predators hosted the Winnipeg Jets.

The Preds partnered with local organizations Cottage Cove, Sonic Automotive and Cross Point Church's Dollar Club to lend a helping hand for the Tarantolas. The family's story of struggle, perseverance and faith was told over the course of the game in multiple installments of short videos during television timeouts. Fans inside the arena witnessed the feature closing during the third period with the presentation of a life-changing gift: a Nissan Quest van.

After the reveal, Tarantola and her family saw their new vehicle on the Bridgestone Arena Plaza, gorgeously displayed with a bright red bow on the hood. Departing fans and spectators who were filing out of the building stopped, congratulated and wished her the best.

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Preds Offer Unique Wine and Food Pairing Experience

The 12th Annual Wine Festival & Tasting Comes on March 31 and Benefits Preds Foundation

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson /

When the typical wine connoisseur envisions an experience to sample wines, a quaint room inside a winery may come to mind; or the view of an expansive central California vineyard; possibly even a dinner party with close friends - not inside an ice hockey rink.

The Nashville Predators are hosting their 12th Annual Wine Festival & Tasting on Friday, March 31, and not only will guests be sampling wine and hors d'oeuvre inside a hockey rink, they will be doing so on a floor atop the NHL club's home ice inside Bridgestone Arena. It is literally the "coolest" wine festival in town.

"As one of the drivers for the Nashville Predators Foundation's annual grants program, this event helps guarantee that in six-weeks' time we will be distributing $500,000 to the Middle Tennessee community, as our largest one-time allocation," Senior Director of Community Relations Rebecca King said.

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