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Wings, Coca-Cola host 200 guests at JLA

by Brigid Bresnihan / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings and Coca-Cola are partnering to host more than 200 charity program guests for a community relations skating party at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each invited guest was hosted at a 2014-15 Detroit Red Wings game through a charity ticket program, which includes guests from local children’s hospitals and organizations to help children with medical conditions, military families and local elementary school students who have accomplished reading goals.

Those attending will have the opportunity to watch the Red Wings practice at 11:00 a.m. before receiving lunch at 12:00 p.m. in the International Bancard Olympia Club, donated by Coca-Cola. From 1:00-3:00 p.m., the ice will be available for an open skate and select Red Wings players will meet with their ticket program guests.

Charity ticket programs are hosted at every Red Wings home game by head coach Mike Babcock and Red Wings players Justin Abdelkader, Joakim Andersson, Pavel Datsyuk, Danny DeKeyser, Johan Franzen, Luke Glendening, Jonas Gustavsson, Darren Helm and Jakub Kindl. Each player’s individual charity ticket program is listed below.

For the first time, this season every Red Wings player is involved with a community relations program. For a full list of community programs, visit

WHO:More than 200 Red Wings charity program guests from 2014-15 season and select Red Wings players

WHAT: Ice skating party and opportunity to watch a Red Wings practice

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Joe Louis Arena

About Coca-Cola: The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, the Company's portfolio features 15 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitamin water, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply and Georgia. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at

About the Detroit Red Wings: The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and 11-time Stanley Cup champion, was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kits Fundraising Program, Champion Foods and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit


Abby’s All Stars – Since 2012-13, Justin Abdelkader hosts one elementary student and his/her guardian at every Red Wings regular-season home game. The Red Wings randomly select a student who has submitted an entry form for the Red Wings for Reading program.

Andy’s AvengersJoakim Andersson hosted one child with a muscular disorder or muscular dystrophy and his/her guardian at every Red Wings home game this season. The Detroit chapter of MDA will select the guest for each game.

Big Hearts Mini MonstersJonas Gustavsson hosted a child with a congenital heart defect at each home game with a pair of donated upper bowl season tickets. Guests will be selected for 35 games by Hearts of Hope Michigan and for 10 games by Cardiac Kids in Toronto.

Coach’s Visit – Since 2005-06, Mike Babcock hosts a patient at Children's Hospital of Michigan and his/her guardian at every Red Wings home game. Children's Hospital of Michigan selects the guest for each game.

DeKeyser’s Hometown HeroesDanny DeKeyser hosted a military member (active or retired) and a guest at every Red Wings home game this season. Tickets were donated through the Detroit Red Wings Foundation to individual military members.

Franzen’s Friends – Since 2013-14, Johan Franzen hosts a Special Olympics athlete and his/her guardian at every Red Wings home game. Special Olympics of Michigan selects the athlete for each game.

Gametime with GlendeningLuke Glendening hosted a child with Down syndrome and his/her family at every Red Wings home game this season and met the family after the game. Two nonprofits (Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan and Down Syndrome Support Group) equally split the games and select the guests for each game.

Helm’s HeroesDarren Helm hosted a youth hockey player with a medical condition and his/her guardian at every Red Wings home game this season with two donated tickets through the Detroit Red Wings Foundation.

Kindl’s Krew – Since 2013-14, Jakub Kindl hosts an adult cancer patient or survivor at Karmanos Cancer Institute and his/her guest at every Red Wings home game. Karmanos selects the guest for each game.

Pav’s Pals – Since 2012-13, Pavel Datsyuk hosts a family through Henry Ford's SandCastles program at every Red Wings home game. The family has recently suffered the loss of a parent. SandCastles selects the family for each game.

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