Anonymous donor pledging money per goal, assist for I Have a Dream® charity; home hat trick nets $10K
HOUSTON, Texas – Every point scored by Houston Aeros defenseman Curtis Murphy during the remainder of the 2005-06 regular season and into the playoffs will lead to a donation to “I Have a Dream”®, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous local donor. The program – “Murphy’s Mission” – starts with tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game versus Hamilton, with a grand kickoff including 60 fans from “I Have a Dream”® (www.ihad.org) taking place at Saturday’s 7:35 p.m. game against Hartford. The "I Have a Dream"® Program helps children from low-income areas reach their education and career goals by providing a long-term program of mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment with an assured opportunity for higher education.
The anonymous donor will give $300 per Murphy goal and $100 per Murphy assist for each of the remaining games this season. In addition, if Murphy tallies a hat trick (three goals) in any home game beginning Saturday, the donor will give “I Have a Dream”® a one-time donation of $10,000. Pledge forms for fans will be available at all Aeros’ home games, and can also be printed here.
“I am looking forward to participating in a great cause to help raise money for a fine charity whose mission is to make sure that disadvantaged children have all of the assistance and encouragement they need to complete their education,” the donor said. “I hope that other Aeros fans will consider making pledges to help in this effort and make Murphy’s Mission a big success.”
“It was an honor to have the donor approach me about the Murphy’s Mission program,” Murphy said. “It gives me extra incentive for the rest of the season. Not only are we getting closer to our ultimate goal of the Calder Cup title, but the kids will benefit as well.”
“Cullen for Kids”, a similar program that ran for six weeks in 2003-04, netted more than $3500 for The Sunshine Kids Foundation, including pledges from Aeros fans.