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Wednesday, 08.5.2009 / 11:38 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Katharine Kelley
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Community: Golf Tournament, etc.
I was just looking at my calendar, and the Hurricanes’ opening night is just over seven weeks away. Before we know it, all of our lives are going to be overlapping once again. However, before we tangle ourselves inside the RBC Center, there are numerous opportunities for you to reignite your Hurricanes’ passion which may have hibernated over the summer.

Katharine Kelley
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12th Annual Kids ‘N Community Foundation Golf Tournament
For the Kids ‘N Community Foundation Golf Tournament information/registration packet, click here.

Before the ‘Canes players take the ice on October 2 against the Flyers, they (along with their coaches, front office executives and broadcasters) will be storming onto the fairways at Prestonwood Country Club – all in the name of charity. The charity golf tournament is set for Monday, September 28. With an 11 a.m. shotgun start, you will be playing on the heels of the PGA professionals who will have just participated in and finished the 2009 SAS Championship Finals on Sunday.

Golf Tournament Presented by

Each participating foursome will be paired with a Carolina Hurricanes player, coach, broadcaster or front office executive for an unforgettable round of golf. For instance, you could have the opportunity to play alongside newly acquired (big) defenseman Andrew Alberts or former Canadien Tom Kostopoulos. You’d be the first to report back to the rest of the Canes fans about the new members of our Hurricanes family. Or, perhaps you’ll test your “Accurate Drive” against last year’s winner, Assistant Coach Tom Rowe. Maybe you would be lucky enough to swing for a hole-in-one alongside our President/GM Jim Rutherford. Or, Ray Whitney might have a repeat performance and lead your “fivesome” to a low-net first place finish (there are prizes for low net/low gross 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes). I could go on and on, but I’ll avoid boring you with all of the possible pairing scenarios. Needless to say, it is a great time for all, and one of our most exciting and intimate fundraisers of the year.

There’s more to the tournament than just the golf experience. Each participating golfer will receive TWO tickets to the pre-season game against the Atlanta Thrashers on September 25. Following the game, the golfer and his/her guest will join Carolina Hurricanes players, coaches, broadcasters and front office executives for the second annual pre-tournament pairings party. The pairings party will be in the Arena Club & Restaurant where you will be treated to complimentary food and beverage. Rounding out the pairings party is a silent and live auction as well as the revelation of your “fivesome” for the tournament.

Remember that this tournament is for a greater cause then just fine-tuning your golf skills. All proceeds from the tournament and pre-tournament pairings party benefit the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. In the past two years, the Foundation has awarded over $1 million to more than 60 children’s charitable organizations in our local community. The golf tournament is the kick-off to our annual fundraising campaign. Help us start the season off on the right foot.

Calling All Cardiac Canes
This might sound like weird “calling”, but the RBC Center is hosting the START! Triangle Heart Walk on Sunday, September 27. You could actually have a Carolina Hurricanes themed weekend if you wanted. If you double dipped with the golf tournament, you would come to the game on Friday, attend the pre-tournament pairings party, walk on the Carolina Hurricanes team to help fight heart disease and stroke (No. 1 and No. 3 killers), and then play in the golf tournament on Monday. But, clearly, it’s not required to do it all – just a possibility.

Anyways, we would love to have you join or donate to our team. Between eight and ten Carolina Hurricanes will be walking stride for stride in an effort to raise awareness and funds for fighting heart disease and stroke. If you would like to join our team, go to - click register – join a team – search for Carolina Hurricanes – then JOIN my team (Katharine Kelley is on the list because I am a “captain”) – but our official team name is Carolina Hurricanes – Community Relations.

Technically, you can join anyone’s team, but Doug and I would appreciate your support since our department consists of just the two of us (Have I made you feel bad for us yet??). One key note, THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE FOR THE WALK. You can sign up and walk without raising any money (although it is suggested to try and raise money and/or donate to the cause). However, don’t be discouraged to sign up if you can’t make the walk (you can still fundraise and not walk), or if you don’t want to walk but still want to donate, I (or my team) would be happy to be the recipient of your donation.

Check out the official website ( for more information.

Books Galore
Now, I wouldn’t necessarily say this story is going to fire you up for the season. But, it is definitely a heart-warming, generous story. Yesterday, Doug and I had the privilege of helping deliver over 2,500 new books (retail value near $20,000) to the YMCA of the Triangle. The Kids ‘N Community Foundation received these books from an anonymous donor. The YMCA was overwhelmed with the number, quality, and diversity of the books. There were books for all ages and types of readers: picture books, Spanish/English books, children’s books, computer software reading programs, toys, teaching books, cookbooks, and more. These books are truly going to make a difference in the lives of children and adults in our community. Many staff members of the YMCA were like kids on Christmas Day. One of the ladies was rifling through all of the Spanish books completely overjoyed. This is definitely one of the perks of my job – I get to witness the impact that simple and dramatic gestures of kindness have on the lives of people in our community.




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2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
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5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
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8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
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J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
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J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81