Light the Night:Once again this season, the Dallas Stars Front Office employees pledged their time for the 2012 “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 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, October 28th, the Stars Front Office and Street Team participated in Light The Night Walk in downtown Dallas, starting at Main Street Garden. The Dallas Stars brought in further revenue for LLS through the form of grants from the Dallas Stars Foundation and the NHL, as well as a portion of ticket sales for the Hockey Fights Cancer game via Ticketmaster. Over 9,000 people in North Texas participated in the walk. The Light the Night walk was once again a huge success and we look forward to another successful event in 2013.
Hockey Fights CancerThe Dallas Stars celebrated Hockey Fights Cancer presented by the UT Southwestern on Monday, March 18 against the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center. The Dallas Stars defeated the Flames 4-3 in front of a raucous crowd. To create awareness for the fight against all types of cancer, the American Airlines Center was turned lavender pregame, the Dallas Stars Ice Girls danced with purple pompoms and players used lavender wrapped sticks during warm-up. The sticks were available to fans through a silent auction during the game with proceeds benefiting the Dallas Stars Foundation.
The game was dedicated to Matt McKee, a beloved Dallas Stars employee who lost his battle to leukemia in 2008. His wife, Tracy, and daughter, Madeline, joined Dallas Stars President and CEO, Jim Lites for the ceremonial puck drop. During the first period, Brenden Dillon presented Madeline a signed stick and she was honored as the Dr Pepper Stick Kid. "Matt McKee was an integral part of the Dallas Stars front office,” President and CEO Jim Lites said. “When he lost his battle to leukemia, we vowed to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and continue to fight for a cure. It was an honor to have his wife Tracy and daughter Maddie with us tonight for Hockey Fights Cancer."
Many local nonprofits with a cancer-related mission attended the game together including the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Heroes for Children, Relay for Life, 4 Yellow Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, UT Southwestern and the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center. The Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center sold the most group tickets and earned a table on the concourse to engage fans in their mission. During the second intermission, the Dallas Stars Foundation presented the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society a check for $10,000 in support of patient aid. Fans were invited to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society further with a text to donate program displayed on arena fascia. Each text to 80077 with LLSNTX raised $10, bringing the total to $10,765 when the night concluded.
“The amount donated by the Dallas Stars Foundation helped the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in a number of ways,” Light The Night Campaign Director Kacy Lowe said. “The Dallas Stars Foundation’s donation and tonight's event help us tremendously in funding more researchers at great institutions like UT Southwestern who find better treatments and cures every year.” While the Dallas Stars organization continues to support the fight against cancer, the Dallas Stars fought hard against the Calgary Flames and earned a win for all.
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