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Red Wings support troops this Tuesday

by Jessica Gadawski / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Red Wings will host their sixth annual Military Appreciation Night presented by Applebee’s on Tuesday, Nov. 12, when the team takes on the Winnipeg Jets at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit and AM 1270).

The first 7,500 fans can pick up a Red Wings military hat sporting a USO logo on the back by visiting the designated giveaway tables. Fans can purchase tickets to Military Appreciation Night through a special offer that includes a donation back to the USO and guarantees a Red Wings military hat at

“We are excited to be a part of Military Appreciation Night with the Red Wings,” said Mark Schostak, whose family owns 65 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. For each item or cash donation to Blue Star Mothers of America, fans will be entered to win a Jimmy Howard autographed puck and photo.

Blue Star Mothers of America will include all items collected on Tuesday when they assemble the care package boxes the following week and ship them to soldiers currently serving overseas. All monetary donations from Tuesday’s game will help cover the cost of shipping the care packages.

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

Cell Phones for Soldiers
Fans have the opportunity to pick up a prepaid mailer envelope, courtesy of AT&T and Cell Phones for Soldiers, at any arena entrance to easily mail in an old cell phone. Funds raised from recycled cell phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards.

Merchandise Fire Sale
Fans attending Tuesday’s game will have the unique opportunity to purchase autographed items from current and former Red Wings players at a team fire sale behind Section 126 on the concourse. Items range from hockey sticks autographed by Chris Osgood and Justin Abdelkader to pucks autographed by Nick Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg to 2012-13 team-signed jerseys. All of the proceeds raised from the fire sale will benefit the USO program, Operation Enduring Care, which helps the wounded, ill and injured troops and their families restore lives unraveled by war.

“Support Our Troops” Banner
Fans are also encouraged to sign an eight-foot-wide banner behind Section 112 on the concourse Tuesday night. The banner has already been signed by the entire 2013-2014 team and reads “The Detroit Red Wings Support Our Troops.” The Wings will send the team-signed and fan-signed banner to the 51st Transportation Company, a Michigan-based military unit in Afghanistan.

Wings Honor Military on Tuesday
Military members in attendance will be honored during the game, including guests in the Quicken Loans Budd Lynch Veterans Suite and 26 military members in two suites courtesy of Applebee’s. Earlier in the day, 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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