The Sharks Foundation's 2020-21 Giving Campaign came to a close after celebrating Healthy Living Month presented by Comerica Bank.
The month began with the observance of Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Kaiser Permanente, which was moved to May due to COVID-19.
A celebration was hosted on May 3 that featured a number of familiar activations and opportunities for fans to participate, along with some new, unique and special offerings to honor those affected by cancer.
Before the game, Sharks players wore lavender warmup jerseys, which were auctioned off by the Sharks Group Sales Department to benefit Cancer CAREpoint, a San Jose non-profit that provides personalized counseling, assistance, resources & education to Silicon Valley cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers at no cost.
Sharks coaches and broadcasters showed support by wearing signature lavender ties, while the logos on SAP Center's dasher boards featured the color as well, a gesture of support from the team's corporate partners.
New this year was the opportunity for a group of patients and staff from Kaiser Permanente to cheer the team on as they took the ice through the Western Digital High Five Experience. These Sharks fans were given the opportunity to share a special moment with Team Teal as the players took the ice.
Before puck drop, a celebratory moment was held, offering Sharks and Colorado Avalanche players, coaches and fans a chance to join in support by displaying names of loved ones on "I Fight For" cards.
Three fundraisers were also held, including the sale of Mystery Pucks presented by SAP, which benefited Kids & Art Foundation. The non-profit's mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cancer care by including healing through the arts.
Designs created by youth cancer patients and their siblings were submitted and voted on, and the winning designs were transformed into this one-of-a-kind set of pucks.
In addition, all 12 designs were printed on canvases, which were autographed by players, and auctioned off leading up to Hockey FIghts Cancer Night.
Proceeds from both fundraisers raised $5,700 for Kids & Art Foundation.
Sticks that were wrapped in lavender stick tape and used during warmups were also collected and auctioned off raising $3,100 for the Austen Everett Foundation. Austen Everett's mission is to empower kids in their fight against cancer through the strength and support of professional and collegiate athletic teams.
Comerica Bank, the Foundation's Healthy Living Month partner also played an integral role by distributing two $10,000 Community Assist Grants.
The first grant was given to Uplift Family Services in support of their Crisis Stabilization Unit, which is available for children and teens on a psychiatric hold who can receive short-term emergency assessment and stabilization instead of going to the hospital. Services are available to Santa Clara County youth that suffer from a severe mental illness or who are in immediate danger. Services include crisis assessment, youth and caregiver safety planning, referral, and aftercare planning. The grant will support basic necessities for clients including clothing and toiletries, which the youth often do not have when they arrive at the non-profit.
The second grant was awarded to the Bay Area Pajama Program, a local non-profit that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep for all children to help them thrive. 150 underserved youth from the area were invited to SAP Center for a Pajama Distribution Event on May 28, where they chose their own set of new pajamas, a book and snack,with the Sharks Foundation and Comerica Bank. Later that evening, the youth participated in a digital Book Reading with VIPs from the Sharks, Comerica and the Bay Area Pajama Program.
With the conclusion of the Sharks 2020-21 season, the Goals for Kids Program finished the year with 151 goals raising $151,000 for this year's non-profit beneficiaries.
Funding for the program's seventh season was made possible by the following Presenting Partners: Taube Philanthropies and Western Digital, as well as Participating Sponsors: Druva, The Sobrato Organization and SWENSON.
The generous support of these amazing organizations allowed the Sharks Foundation to make an $18,875 donation to each of the following eight non-profits: SheIS, You Can Play, One Step Beyond, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley, 10,000 Degrees, YWCA Silicon Valley and Bay Scholars. Doing work in various spaces throughout the Bay Area, each non-profit beneficiary has a focus on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.
In total, this year's Healthy Living Campaign helped to raise $28,800, which impacted 2,400 lives in the community.