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Red Wings to support troops on Friday

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host their eighth annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by Applebee’s, on Friday, Nov. 13, when the team takes on the San Jose Sharks at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket). The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Military Appreciation Night T-shirt.

“We are excited to be a part of Military Appreciation Night with the Red Wings,” said Mark Schostak, whose family owns 67 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.

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 and individual hand wipes)
•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
The Red Wings will wear custom camouflage jerseys during pregame warm-ups to be auctioned online through www.Auctions.NHL.com prior to the game on Friday. Each jersey will also come with the camo socks worn by the respective Red Wings player. 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 $37 apiece for upper-level seats. All fans who purchase tickets through this special offer will also receive a special Military Appreciation Night Coin. To purchase tickets, visit: www.DetroitRedWings.com/military.

Merchandise and Memorabilia 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. Autographed items include game-used jerseys, sticks, pucks and various equipment and memorabilia. All of the proceeds raised from the fire sale will benefit Help For Our Disabled Troops.

Wings Honor Military on Friday
Military members in attendance will be honored throughout the game, including guests in the 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.

“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 2015-16 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.

Red Wings Military Themed Merchandise for Sale on Concourse
Fans can purchase replicas of the Digital Camo jerseys that the Red Wings will be wearing during warm-ups on the concourse for $130 each. Red Wings camo hats will also be on sale during the game for $35 each. Limited quantities available, while supplies last.

About Applebee’s:
Applebee’s (www.applebees.com) 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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