In response to the recent flood damage in the Nashville area, the San Jose Sharks and the Sharks Foundation are supporting the Nashville Predators and the Predators Foundation in their efforts to raise awareness and funds for flood relief and recovery efforts.
During Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals (May 18th vs. CHI) the Sharks Foundation will host a charity auction at the Foundation Booth, located just outside Section 124 on the Concourse Level. Monetary donations will also be collected and all proceeds from the evening will benefit The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. All donors will be entered into a drawing for a limited-edition autographed canvas art piece of Sharks forward Scott Nichol.
“The damage to the city has been horrible and any help from our Sharks fans will mean a lot to the Nashville community. It’s a great city with great people. My family really enjoyed our time there and wish the entire area the best in their recovery efforts,” said Nichol, who played for the Nashville Predators from 2005-2009. The Sharks have other ties to the Nashville community, including current forward Jed Ortmeyer, who played for the Predators from 2007-2009, and former Shark Marcel Goc, who was signed as a free agent by Nashville in the off-season.
During the weekend of May 1st heavy rains in the Nashville area caused massive flooding in the downtown area, including the Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. Over a foot of standing water found its way into the event level of the arena, which houses the locker rooms, control room and main offices and eventually forced the NHL Club to suspend operations for several days. Damage to arena is still being assessed but damage to Nashville community overall are estimated to be over $1.5 billion, with recovery efforts expecting to last months.
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 730 charitable funds. In the past 18 years, The Foundation has distributed more than $470 million to community programs and institutions. Grants from CFMT’s Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund will be made to nonprofits supporting relief, restoration and clean-up efforts in the Davidson County area. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.