Light the Night:Once again this season, the Dallas Stars Front Office employees pledged their time for the 2014 “Light the Night Walk.” The front office registered and participated in the walk, and were encouraged to raise funds to support this annual event, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The front office staff raised over $5,000!
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk is the nation's night to pay tribute and bring hope to those who are battling cancer. Walks take place in communities throughout the United States and Canada, typically in the fall. On these special nights, thousands of participants carry illuminated balloons and raise funds for vital, lifesaving research and patient services.
On Sunday, November 2nd, the Stars Front Office, Street Team and Dallas Stars Center Vernon Fiddler and his family participated in Light The Night Walk at Addison Circle. The Dallas Stars brought in further revenue for LLS through the form of grants from the NHL, as well as a portion of ticket sales for the Hockey Fights Cancer game via Ticketmaster. The Light the Night walk was once again a huge success and we look forward to another successful event in 2014.
Hockey Fights CancerTuesday, Oct. 28 against the St. Louis Blues, the Dallas Stars held their annual Hockey Fights Cancer night presented by UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center. The 2014-15 season marked the 16th anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer, the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association joint charitable initiative dedicated to raising awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research.
As part of the league wide initiative, all members of the Dallas Stars coaching staff wore Hockey Fights Cancer ties on the bench during the game and Dallas Stars players will used lavender tape on sticks and equipment. Sticks were later auctioned off at auction.nhl.com. Three non-profit organizations (Cancer Support Community, Leukemia and Lymphoma, Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center) were beneficiaries of the night. Delete Blood Cancer was also in attendance to inform fans about becoming bone marrow donors. Don Widdicombe, who has served as the Dallas Stars locker room security officer since 1997, participated in the ceremonial puck drop. Widdicombe was diagnosed with advanced stage prostate cancer in October 2013 and underwent a surgical procedure early last year.
The theme for this season's Hockey Fights Cancer night was "I'm Fighting For", an acknowledgement that everyone knows someone who has been impacted by cancer. As a tribute to those battling cancer, every seat at American Airlines Center had a blank card with the slogan. The Stars encouraged fans to write-in the person on the card who is significant to them and it was used during an in-game tribute featuring our own Julie Dobbs.
Since its inception in 1998, Hockey Fights Cancer has donated approximately $14 million to cancer organizations in all 30 NHL markets.
Pro Players Foundation
The Dallas Stars are working in conjunction with the Pro Players Foundation to enrich the lives of children in our community. More details to follow.
About the Pro Players Foundation
The Pro Players Foundation is a group of professional athletes and business and community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to assist disadvantaged youth. PPF, through its Instant RePlay Program, works in conjunction with each of the major professional sports teams in North Texas to renovate or refurbish existing non-profit, municipal or school sports facilities in disadvantaged areas. With the mission of “Enriching the Lives of Children,” PPF uses a variety of initiatives to help make sure every child has the ability to succeed and has the opportunity for a bright future. Additional PPF programs include: Character Camps – Professional athletes conducting day-long instructional clinics in a particular sport interspersed with sessions on a full range of life skills; and Play it Forward USA – High school athletes collect and refurbish gently used sports equipment of all types which is then donated to leagues, teams and players in need. For more information, please visit http://www.proplayersfoundation.com