Mike Modano may have retired as a hockey player, but his commitment to staying involved in the community is stronger than ever. The former Dallas Stars center is focused on getting the Mike Modano Foundation re-engaged and more involved in efforts to help DFW kids.
“The Mike Modano Foundation has always been important to me,” said Modano. “We’ve done some great things over the years for kids in North Texas and I want that to continue. I’d like to get the Foundation more involved with different efforts as we grow and spread our wings. It is always rewarding to make a difference in our community.”
The Mike Modano Foundation recently announced that it will host a special gala event called Shoot for the Stars on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Frisco, Texas. The gala, of which jcpenney is the title sponsor, will include participation by some of DFW’s top sports celebrities and media, and the popular sounds of one of Dallas’ best bands – Emerald City.
All proceeds from the event will benefit City House, which provides shelter and transitional living services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect and homelessness.
“City House is the reason we are doing this,” said Modano, who is honorary chair of the event. “Last year there were nearly 67,000 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in our state, and nearly 17,000 were right here in North Texas. City House exists to provide food, shelter, counseling, transitional living skills and most of all, hope. The Mike Modano Foundation is proud to be associated with City House. We hope that many of our neighbors will come out and enjoy a great evening for a good cause.”
Event chair for the event is Liz Johnson. Channel 8’s Dale Hansen and Dallas Stars Broadcaster Ralph Strangis will serve as emcees for the evening. The gala will include a pre-event online auction, a silent and live auction, a specially-prepared dinner by the Embassy Suites Chief Chef Mike Williams, dancing and an overall great time. The gala will begin at 6 pm and end at 11:30 pm.
“As a company founded on the Golden Rule, jcpenney has a strong legacy of giving back,” said Miki Woodard, vice president of philanthropy at jcpenney. “We’re thrilled to team up with the Mike Modano Foundation to help raise funds that will directly benefit at-risk kids and teens in our local north Texas communities. With proceeds raised from the Shoot for the Stars gala, more youth will be provided a safe haven at City House.”
“This past December, we had the honor of providing Mike with a tour of My Friend’s House, one of our three shelters, and the only licensed shelter in Collin County for children newborn to sixteen years old,” said Chey Reynolds, marketing and development director for City House. “It was obvious that he was deeply moved by the children, their stories, and our work, and for him to come to our side and help us make this the biggest and best fundraiser we have ever done speaks volumes as to what kind of person he really is. He walks the talk, and one truly understands why he is so admired by those who know Mike Modano. We are also so grateful for jcpenney's gracious support of City House and the kids we serve here in Collin County.”
VIP sponsorship tables seated with a local celebrity are available, as well as regular tables or individual seat tickets online at mikemodano.com and at cityhouse.org. For additional information contact: Chey Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-766-3867.
Early confirms that are scheduled to attend: Mike Modano, Charles Haley, Donnie Nelson, Brett Hull, Rusty Greer, Craig Ludwig, Brenden Morrow, Bob Gainey, Richard Matvichuk, Corby Davidson and Bob Sturm. Many more celebrities have been invited and are adding to the confirmation list every day. Follow @9modano on Twitter or “like” the official Mike Modano Facebook page for updates on added celebrities and news on the event as it breaks