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Red Wings support troops this Friday on Military Appreciation Night presented by Applebee’s

by Brigid Bresnihan / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host their seventh annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by Applebee’s, on Friday, Nov. 7, when the team takes on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket). All fans in attendance for Friday’s game will receive a Red Wings Military Appreciation Dog Tag.

“We are excited to be a part of Military Appreciation Night with the Red Wings,” said Mark Schostak, whose family owns 66 Michigan Applebee’s locations, “and we are proud to continue to honor servicemen and servicewomen year-round with Military Monday, when veterans and active duty military will receive a 30-percent discount on their food purchases all day every Monday at Applebee’s.”

Volunteers from Blue Star Mothers of America Chapter 180 will be on hand to collect care package items and monetary donations at each entrance of Joe Louis Arena when the doors open at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. The first 75 fans to donate items will receive a $5 Applebee’s Be Our Guest gift card.

Blue Star Mothers of America will include all items collected on Friday when they assemble care packages for homeless veterans at the VA Domiciliary in Detroit and the VA in Iron Mountain, Mich. Monetary donations from Friday’s game will help cover the cost of shipping the care packages to Iron Mountain, along with covering the cost for purchasing additional care package items.

Suggested care package items include:

  • Wet wipes (cleaning wipes like Clorox and individual hand wipes like Wet Ones)
  • Hygiene items: travel size shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, deodorant, razors, shaving cream (not in an aerosol can), toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
  • Socks and t-shirts (must be dark brown or khaki)
  • DVDs
  • Laundry detergent and fabric softeners (unscented)
  • Chapstick and sunscreen
  • Gum
  • Powdered drink mixes and individual packets
  • Magazines, books and CDs
  • Playing cards
  • Disposable cameras
  • Hard candy

Red Wings Camouflage Jerseys
For the first-time ever, the Red Wings will wear custom camouflage jerseys during pregame warm-ups to be auctioned online through prior to the game on Friday. The funds raised in the jersey auction will benefit Help For Our Disabled Troops, a military charity committed to helping disabled veterans who have returned home with serious injuries since September 11, 2001.

Special Military Ticket Savings
Special military tickets have been reserved and are available for a limited time for all military personnel, as well as their family and friends, starting at $30 apiece for upper-level seats. The Red Wings will donate $5 from each ticket purchased through the special offer to the USO, whose mission is to provide support by lifting spirits of American’s troops and families. To purchase tickets, visit:, using the promotion code: MILITARY.

Merchandise Clearance Sale
Fans attending Friday’s game will have the unique opportunity to purchase autographed items from current and former Red Wings players at a team clearance sale behind Section 126 on the concourse. Items range from hockey sticks autographed by Chris Osgood and Danny DeKeyser to pucks autographed by Nick Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg to 2013-14 team-signed jerseys. All of the proceeds raised from the fire sale will benefit Help For Our Disabled Troops.

“Support Our Troops” Banner
Fans are also encouraged to sign an eight-foot-wide banner behind Section 112 on the concourse Friday night. The banner has been signed by the entire 2014-2015 team and reads “The Detroit Red Wings Support Our Troops.” The Wings will send the team-signed and fan-signed banner to the 171st Air Refueling Squadron, a Michigan-based military unit stationed overseas.

Wings Honor Military on Friday
Military members in attendance will be honored throughout the game, including guests in the Powerhouse Gym Budd Lynch Veterans Suite and 10 military members in a suite courtesy of Applebee’s. Prior to the game, 50 military members, in addition to their guests, will attend the Red Wings morning skate at 10:30 a.m. and will enjoy lunch afterwards provided by Applebee’s in the Comerica Bank Legends Club.

About Applebee’s:
Applebee’s ( is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with approximately 2,000 locations in 49 states, 16 countries and one U.S. territory. Based in Kansas City, Mo., Applebee’s takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighborhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® is a DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) brand, and is franchised and operated by Applebee’s Services, Inc. and its affiliates.

Applebee’s continues to honor servicemen and servicewomen year-round with Military Mondays, when veterans and active duty military will receive a 30 percent discount on their food purchases every Monday by presenting the Applebee’s Military Mondays Discount Card.

To be eligible for a Military Mondays discount, guests must provide proof of service such as: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, DD214, Citation or Commendation. In addition, guests may wear their uniform or provide a picture of themselves in uniform.

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