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Community: Clothing Drive, Meet and Greet

Thursday, 01.08.2009 / 3:10 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Katharine Kelley
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Community: Clothing Drive, Meet and Greet
Katharine Kelley
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Carolina Hurricanes Clothing Drive
This past Tuesday (January 6), the Carolina Hurricanes players’ wives hosted the last of our three drives of the season.

The clothing drive turned out to be one of our best collections ever thanks to the generosity of all those who participated. People who donated an item of clothing were not only offered a BOGO ticket opportunity for the game that night, but also they were entered into a drawing to win a Carolina Hurricanes Replica Jersey and a meet and greet with the wife’s husband after the game.

The players’ wives have taken an extremely active involvement in all of our drives this season. They have been in the box office prior to each game collecting donated items, passing out BOGO vouchers, and interacting with fans. They continue to approach us with new ideas for raising money and awareness for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

Now, back to the drive…

All of the clothes are being equally distributed among Helping Hands Mission, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill. Helping Hands Mission and the Salvation Army were both on the concourse during the game promoting awareness for their respective organizations. All three organizations have expressed their abundant thanks to all those who donated clothes. Many less fortunate people and children will be able to stay warm this winter.

Post Game Meet and Greet
This was the first time that we offered a chance at a post-game meet and greet with players after the game in exchange for donated items. People who entered the raffle were called in the middle of the first period. We were a little nervous that people might not have cell service or be able to hear their phones over the noise of the game. We only talked to two of the six winners so we weren’t sure what the turnout would be. Fortunately, everyone received our messages and/or saw their name on the jumbotron because everyone showed up. One of the winners was not even in the building! He had come to the game against St. Louis, donated clothes, and filled out the “enter to win ticket” with the mindset that he doesn’t ever win anything. But, he did! He made it to the RBC Center with plenty of time to spare.

Each winner was given their respective player replica jersey, and then we headed down to the locker room entrance. One by one, players came out to visit with the winner, sign the jersey, and take memorable photos. It must have been fate for some of these people. The man who was meeting Chad LaRose told me that Chad has been his favorite player for a long time. It was also fate that the youngest winner, 11-year old Robert, won the meet and greet with veteran Captain Rod Brind’Amour. Robert told us that he was going to be a professional baseball player and play for the Yankees, so this was his first taste of his future as a professional athlete. Cam Ward, Niclas Wallin, Scott Walker, and Patrick Eaves also took part in the post-game meet and greets.

In addition to the 3-2 win against New Jersey, the clothing drive and all of its perks made the night extra special. Thank you, again, for participating in the clothing drive. We are thankful that you continue to choose us as your avenue to positively impact our community.

Come visit us at the Kids ‘N Community Foundation Silent Auction Kiosk (section 129) during any home game. We also have some big dates coming up this spring. On February 14th we will be holding our Valentine’s Day mystery autographed t-shirt sale, and March 15th is Casino Night. All proceeds from these events benefit the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
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N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
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A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61