SAN JOSE, CA - Several San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) players, led by Logan Couture (@Logancouture), have organized an evening of #GILROYSTRONG fundraisers in response to the tragic events that took place in Gilroy, CA on July 28.
On Mon., Sept. 9, Couture, Tomas Hertl (@TomasHertl48), Brenden Dillon (@BDillon04), Kevin Labanc (@Str8ToTheBanc), and Erik Karlsson (@ErikKarlsson65), along with Sharks legends Jonathan Cheechoo and Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13), and Sharks Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Dan Rusanowsky (@DanRusanowsky) are expected to participate in two events intended to raise funds for the Gilroy Foundation. The Gilroy Foundation has spearheaded efforts to collect and disperse donations to assist those affected by the Garlic Festival shooting.
From 4:30-6:00 p.m., all players will sign autographs at the Veterans Memorial Building of Gilroy, located at 74 W. 6th Street. Autograph tickets are limited and MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE.
Following the autograph signing, the players will attend a ticketed dinner at The Milias Restaurant, located at 7397 Monterey Road in Gilroy. Milias owners Adam Sanchez and Ann Zyburra have graciously offered to donate all net proceeds from the dinner to the Gilroy Foundation.Tickets for the dinner also MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE.
Tickets for both events can be purchased by clicking here.
Earlier this year, the Sharks and San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda) announced additional plans to aid victims and families affected by the 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 provided a $10,000 donation to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), 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 Sun., Sept. 22 at SAP Center, will also support SVCF.
Additionally, the Sharks Foundation will host "Heroes Appreciation Night" on Mon., Jan. 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, the Sharks American Hockey League affiliate, 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 Sat., Dec. 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 Dec. 14 Barracuda game at no charge with an additional discounted ticket offer going out to all Gilroy residents, students, and employees.
Anyone interested in donating directly to the Gilroy Foundation to support the "Gilroy Garlic Festival Victims Relief Fund" can visit http://gilroyfoundation.org/.