SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) and San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda) have announced plans to aid victims and families affected by the recent Gilroy tragedy and to honor the first responders who assisted in the care and well-being of the wounded.
Through the Sharks Foundation (@SharksCare), the Sharks organization will provide a $10,000 donation to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) for its immediate response giving, ensuring that victims receive services and support to offset expenses and emotional trauma related to the impact of the incident. Partial net proceeds from the Sharks Fan Fest to be held Sunday, September 22 will also support SVCF.
Additionally, the Sharks Foundation will host "Heroes Appreciation Night" on Monday, January 27 vs. the Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks Foundation will host and honor the first responders who assisted those in need during the Gilroy tragedy. Some first responders will be acknowledged during a special on-ice pregame ceremony and will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. Proceeds from the Sharks Foundation's 50/50 Raffle presented by Black Oak Casino Resort and in-game auction that night will benefit the Gilroy Foundation to aid them in long-term city projects and future Gilroy Garlic Festivals.
The San Jose Barracuda will wear and make available via auction "Gilroy Strong" branded practice jerseys which will be worn before all home games throughout the month of December (five games). Proceeds from the jersey auction and Chuck-A-Puck at the Saturday, December 14 vs. the Stockton Heat game will go to the Sharks Foundation which will allocate the funds to the Gilroy Foundation. Additionally, families of those with lost or injured loved ones will be invited to attend the December 14 Barracuda game at no charge with an additional discounted ticket offer going out to all Gilroy residents, students, and employees.