SAN JOSE, CA - Several Bay Area-based alumni of the San Jose Sharks today announced the formal launch of the Sharks Alumni Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to giving back to the Bay Area communities and helping improve the life of others.
Initial members of the Sharks Alumni Foundation include Foundation President and Board Member Douglas Murray, Alumni Foundation Board Members Scott Hannan, David Maley and Rob Zettler, along with Jamie Baker, Dan Boyle, Curtis Brown, Bryan Marchment, Kyle McLaren, Evgeni Nabokov, Owen Nolan, Tom Pederson, Mike Rathje, Mike Ricci, Mark Smith, and Doug Wilson - most of whom reside in the Bay Area.
"We are very proud to have represented the San Jose Sharks on the ice and are now excited to launch the Sharks Alumni Foundation," said President Douglas Murray. "While playing for the Sharks, many of us fell in love with the Bay Area and have made it our home. The Bay Area community has always been extremely supportive to the team and to us as individuals during our careers. The Sharks Alumni Foundation will allow us an opportunity to give back to those in our community who need assistance.
The Sharks Alumni Foundation has announced their inaugural fundraising event, which will be the Bay Area Fire Relief charity hockey game on Dec. 8 at Redwood Empire Ice Arena (Snoopy's rink) in Santa Rosa. Many Sharks alumni, including Murray, Hannan, Boyle, Nabokov, Ricci and Nolan will take the ice alongside members of the North Bay police and fire departments to raise money for those affected by the tragic North Bay fires.
"The first responders who battled the North Bay fires have demonstrated courage well beyond that of any hockey player," said Murray. "We're looking forward to bringing a night of fun to a community that has gone through so much and hopefully raising some much-needed funds to help replace what was lost."
Corporate partnership packages for the Bay Area Fire Relief game are available by visiting www.sharksalumnifoundation.org/bay-area-fire-relief/
In addition, the Sharks Alumni Foundation will be hosting an online auction on the Foundation's website, featuring the autographed, game-worn jerseys used by the Sharks alumni in the game, as well as many other unique offerings and experiences.
"We are humbled that the Sharks Alumni are lending their support to our community," said Thomas Moran, co-chair of the North Bay Guns-N-Hoses Hockey Club. "We may have been knocked down, but we refuse to be knocked out. This event will help bring hope and excitement to not only our local hockey community, but to the region as a whole. We are collaborating to make sure that all the funds generated touch as many lives as possible."
More details regarding the Sharks Alumni Foundation will be announced in the coming weeks.
Those interested in learning more can visit www.sharksalumnifoundation.org, the Sharks Alumni Foundation's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SJSharksAlumni), on Instagram (@SJSharksAlumni) and Twitter (@SharksAlumni).