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Wings compete for bell ringing bragging rights

by Christy Hammond / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will compete for bragging rights on Friday, Dec. 13, to see which duo can raise the most money for The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, as four teams bell ring at different Metro Detroit retail locations. Fans are asked to make a $10 donation in exchange for an autograph at all four locations.

Head Coach Mike Babcock will join Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland, who is serving as Honorary Chairman of the 2013 Red Kettle Campaign for the eighth straight year, at Hiller’s Market in downtown Northville, Mich., from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Fans visiting Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, Mich., between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday can obtain an autograph from forwards Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm by making a $10 donation.

Defenseman Brendan Smith and forward Gustav Nyquist will bell ring at Kroger in Birmingham, Mich., from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., while goaltender Jonas Gustavsson and Stephen Weiss will represent the Red Wings at Kroger in Farmington Hills, Mich.

This season marks the eighth consecutive year the Detroit Red Wings and The Salvation Army are teaming up through the “Red Wings for Red Kettles” initiative to help the nonprofit reach its $8.75 million Red Kettle Campaign goal. The initiative has raised nearly $70,000 for the nonprofit since 2005.

WHO: Justin Abdelkader, Mike Babcock, Jonas Gustavsson, Darren Helm, Ken Holland, Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith and Stephen Weiss

WHEN: Friday, December 13, 2013

WHERE: Help fill the Red Wings’ kettles at the following locations:

Hiller’s Market – Mike Babcock and Ken Holland (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
425 N. Center St. Northville, MI 48167

Hockeytown Authentics – Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
1845 E. Big Beaver Troy, MI 48083

Kroger (Birmingham) – Gustav Nyquist and Brendan Smith (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
685 E Maple Rd. Birmingham, MI 48009

Kroger (Farmington Hills) – Jonas Gustavsson and Stephen Weiss (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
25780 Middlebelt Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336


About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization that gives hope to people in need without discrimination. The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit allocates $.85 of every dollar it raises to delivering vital social services and programs through more than 100 locations across southeast Michigan. Last year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit helped provide 3,319,840 meals and 737,388 nights of shelter to neighbors in need. As the single largest provider of social services in Michigan, outside of state government, The Salvation Army also gives hope through emergency, legal aid, counseling, character-building and recreational assistance. Join The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit in giving hope this holiday season by donating at www.salmich.org or 877-SAL-MICH.

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