On Mon., Nov. 15 during the Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings game at HP Pavilion, the Sharks Foundation will host a special auction in which all proceeds benefit the “Kids First Fund.” Former Sharks goaltender Arturs Irbe is a board member for the “Kids First Fund,” a program created to help abused children in his native country of Latvia. The auction will be held at the Sharks Foundation booth, located on HP Pavilion’s Concourse level adjacent to Section 124.
Also available at the Sharks Foundation booth on Nov. 15 will be copies of Feeding Frenzy, a 1994 book written by sports reporter and columnist Steve Cameron, signed by Irbe for a special 20th Anniversary price of $20. Feeding Frenzy focuses on the Sharks early years, from their inaugural season in 1991-92 through their “fairytale” 1993-94 regular season and playoff run. Irbe will be on site at the Sharks Store to sign books on Tues., Nov. 16. from noon – 2 p.m.
On Tues., Nov. 16, Irbe will become the first San Jose Sharks player, as well as the first professional ice hockey player, to be inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame.
Irbe started his NHL career when he was selected by the Sharks in the 1991 NHL dispersal draft. He is best known in San Jose for backstopping the 1993-94 Sharks team to an NHL record 58-point increase from the previous season and helping the team defeat the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 1993-94 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
ABOUT THE SHARKS FOUNDATION: The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Heath and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. Although the San Jose Sharks and the Sharks Foundation support a variety of community programs on various levels, we feel that the key to the long-term well-being of our community is our youth.
The San Jose Sharks are as deeply involved with the neighborhood we live in as we are with the game that we play. As role models, we feel responsible to give back to the community that so strongly supports us.
To this end, the Sharks Foundation was created in 1994 in an effort to increase our organizational impact on Santa Clara County. With the help of Sharks players, coaches and staff, the Sharks Foundation invests in the community with the hop of enhancing the lives of our youth. It quickly evolved and expanded beyond its original charter and has since donated over $4.1 million to more than 85 local beneficiaries. During the 2009-10 season, its contribution to local youth programs and organizations totaled $256,898 through monetary grants. In addition to the original grant program, the Sharks Foundation manages educational programs, hosts major fundraisers, executes pledge programs and implements community outreach events.
For more information, visit: http://www.thesharksfoundation.com.