Tracking the Storm

Community: A Winter Wonderland at Casino Night

Friday, 03.2.2012 / 9:35 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Mary Catherine Benson
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Community: A Winter Wonderland at Casino Night


On Sunday, Feb. 26, Carolina Hurricanes players, coaches, broadcasters, front office executives and 600 Kids ‘N Community Foundation supports gathered on the arena floor for the 7th Annual Casino Night and Wine Tasting presented by Convergence Technologies.

Mary Catherine Benson
As digital snow fell from the ribbon board, Hurricanes players were transformed into ice sculptures directly overhead. Each guest stepped into our Winter Wonderland. I want to extend our gratitude to each guest that attended Casino Night. Because of you, the Kids ‘N Community Foundation raised $244,000; your support will directly impact local youth organizations through cash grants distributed at the end of March.

This year, thanks to Cape Fear Formal Wear, the Hurricanes players, coaches and broadcasters were outfitted in tuxedos with white dinner jackets. Not only did they look handsome, but guests could easily spot them as they mingled with the crowd and served as dealers at the card tables.

Highlights of the evening included:
    PHOTO GALLERY
  • Two Canadian trips with the team next season
  • An afternoon of bowling at Sparians with Justin Faulk, Jamie McBain and Jeff Skinner
  • A super-charged “Cane for Day” package to experience every facet of game day
  • Dinner with the “Captains and the Keeper” at Nina’s (and Nina got on stage!)
  • The entire team on stage for a unique photo opportunity
  • Baskets that included Hurricanes players’ favorite things (For instance, Jay Harrison's basket featured a waffle maker.)
  • Rare Hurricanes memorabilia
  • A make-your-own s’mores bar (It was unbelievable.)
  • Enter-to-win trivia contest presented by Custom Home Exteriors
  • A special mystery puck fundraiser presented by TriSure
  • Players’ Lounge area sponsored by Convergence Technologies

Guests enjoyed wine tasting from Total Wine and More, The Wine Merchant, Mutual Distributing, Tryon Distributing and Empire Distributors and an incredible beer selection from Natty Greene’s and RA Jeffreys.  As if that was not enough, we included a signature drink, “Frost Bite.”

DJ Mike Morse from G105 provided entertainment for the entire evening, and Shutterbooth made sure that guests went home with a photo strip to commemorate the evening. Who doesn’t love a photo booth?

A special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Convergence Technologies; we were lucky to partner with them again.

Make plans to join us again next year! (We are already starting to plan!)

To learn more about the Foundation visit our microsite.



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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72