MUSKEGON, Michigan (December 20th) – The 2014 Red Wings Alumni Game returns to the L.C. Walker Arena on Saturday, January 11th at 7:15 pm hosted by the Muskegon Lumberjacks Charitable Foundation along with the support of Radiology Muskegon, PLC. All proceeds from this semi-annual event will directly benefit the foundation in their largest fundraiser of the year.
The Muskegon Lumberjacks Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity that was established in September of 2011 with the goal of enriching the West Michigan community by actively creating and supporting education, recreational, and social programs that encourage the healthy development of youth and families through an association with hockey. In addition to conducting a reading program that reaches students throughout Muskegon County, the MLCF supports local youth hockey initiatives, downtown Muskegon revitalization projects, and provides tickets to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend a hockey game.
The two programs that are associated with the charitable foundation include the Reading Caravan and Junior Jacks Youth Hockey Organization. The MLCF’s Reading Caravan is a free and unique literacy program focused on 1-6 grade classrooms in Muskegon County, although schools outside of our geographic area are eligible for some elements. The Reading Caravan is an incentive-based program designed to promote and motivate young readers with prizes, player visits, and L.C. Walker Arena events. Through a multifaceted approach that includes exclusive experiences and incentives, students are encouraged to succeed as individual readers and as a classroom team. For the 2013-14 hockey season and school year, the MLCF is able to serve 12 different elementary schools totaling in 3,830 students.
Additionally, the Muskegon Lumberjacks Charitable Foundation has been instrumental in providing members of the Junior Jacks Youth Hockey Organization with a low-cost option for organized hockey. In the last year, the MLCF has helped grow the Youth Hockey Organization from one Squirt House team to two Squirt House teams and a Pee Wee team. Altogether, 60 kids participate in the Junior Jacks Youth Hockey Organization. The MLCF helps off-set the cost of ice, as well as provides each player with two sets of jerseys, socks, and warm-up suits. The goal is to teach leadership and citizenship skills while also instilling positive values like teamwork, sportsmanship, and integrity. The Junior Jacks Youth Hockey Organization plans to grow their organization in the next year to over 100 kids and, without the support of the MLCF, the program would cease to exist.
Individual tickets for the event are on sale for the low price of $10 for adults and $6 for kids ages 3-12 at the L.C. Walker Box Office, and fans can also purchase tickets at www.startickets.com. Also, there are a limited number of V.I.P. tickets available for $25 that will include entry into a postgame event at The Lake House Water Front Grille. The V.I.P. event will feature a live jersey auction that will include NHL memorabilia, a meet-and-greet with the players, live music, a cash bar, and hearty hors d’oeuvres.
During the game, there will be a silent auction in the Party Deck that will include donated items from Muskegon’s local businesses, professional sports teams, NCAA institutes, and much more. The silent auction will begin right when the doors open at 6:15 pm and conclude at 8:00 pm.
The Red Wings alumni, which featured former greats in Mickey Redmond, Joe Kocur, Kris Draper, and John Ogrodnick during the event in 2012, will matchup against the Muskegon Lumberjacks alumni that will feature former greats in Robin Bouchard, Sylvain Daigle, Rob Melanson, and current Lumberjacks General Manager John Vanbiesbrouck.
The full Muskegon Lumberjacks alumni roster can be found at the link provided: http://www.muskegonlumberjacks.com/news_article/show/314310?referrer_id=877108. The full Red Wings alumni roster will be announced at a later date.
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