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Community: Over $280,000 Raised for KNCF at Casino Night

Tuesday, 02.11.2014 / 10:00 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Gabby Pinto
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Community: Over $280,000 Raised for KNCF at Casino Night
The Foundation\'s 9th annual fundraiser broke previous fundraising records, raising over $280,000.

On Saturday, February 1, 700 Kids ‘N Community Foundation supporters, including Carolina Hurricanes players, coaches, broadcasters, front office executives and fans, gathered on the arena floor for the Queen of Hearts Masquerade at the 9th Annual Casino Night and Wine Tasting presented by PNC.

Gabby Pinto

Guests were greeted by the Queen of Hearts herself in a green archway that provided a perfect photo opportunity to start off the evening. Red and black masks were available throughout the night for folks to take part in the theme, but it was exciting to see the unique and beautiful masks that guests brought from home.

The night was filled with competitive casino games with the players, music provided by DJ Mike Biddle, delicious food – including a roasted pig decorated with a puck in its mouth and a fresh donut bar – a silent auction filled with over 100 items, a photo booth and an exciting live auction! It was truly a night to remember as members of our community gathered to have a good time while raising money for an incredible cause.

This year’s event broke our fundraising record for Casino Night. With the help of each person that attended, we were able to raise over $280,000 for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. This month, the money raised will be given back to our community. Through our Game Changer Grant cycle, we will donate $150,000 to 15 different non-profit children’s organizations in North Carolina.

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Casino Night

Highlights of the evening included:

  • Two “Cook with the Canes” cooking classes with Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm that raised $38,000
  • The featured Hurricanes player baskets raised $52,904; Eric Staal’s basket included a private 30-minute skate after practice one day
  • Remembering Dickie Britt and continuing his legacy with a $25,000 donation from the Britt family to start off the live auction
  • Cheers from the casino tables when the players were dealing throughout the night
  • Ron Hainsey giving Anton Khudobin a hard time for the way he was dealing at one of the poker tables
  • A couple who made their masks for the night featuring the Hurricanes logo
  • The Shutterbooth photo booth that ensured every guest went home with a keepsake
  • Rare Hurricanes memorabilia
  • The Masked Wines fundraiser, which included wines valued up to $300 and some signed by Ron Francis and the 2013-14 team
  • A chance to win instant gift cards or a $3,000 diamond piece at the Drop for Diamonds, presented by Diamonds Direct Crabtree
  • A special mystery card deck fundraiser presented by TriSure

Guests enjoyed a wine tasting provided by Empire Distributors and Total Wine and More and an incredible beer selection from Natty Greene’s, RA Jeffreys, Long Beverage, Foothills Brewing and Mims Distributing. Our catering department also came up with a fun signature drink called the “Crimson Crush.”

The success of the event would not have been possible without the support of PNC as our title sponsor. PNC is a wonderful partner and is making a huge impact in the North Carolina community.

Thank you to each guest that attended, all of our event sponsors, every business that donated an item for our silent auction and all of the Carolina Hurricanes players, coaches and staff for making the 2014 Casino Night a night to remember!

For more information on the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, please visit our microsite.



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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