Thursday, December 5, 2013

Whalers Teddy Bear Toss, Salute to Heroes Happens Saturday

Press Release

When the Plymouth Whalers host the Guelph Storm on Sat. Dec. 7 at 7:05 pm at Compuware Arena, they’ll be asking fans to bring a furry little friend along to help support a great cause.

Saturday is the Whalers 14th Annual Teddy Bear Toss.  If you are new to the Teddy Bear Toss, the first time the Whalers score, fans are encouraged to throw their stuffed animals on to the ice.  Once the stuffed animals are collected, Plymouth Community United Way will find great homes for the comforting toys.

Last season, Plymouth left wing Matt Mistele scored at 11:21 of the first period to trigger the rain of stuffed animals out of the crowd and onto the ice surface.

VIDEO: See Mistele's goal last season and the Teddy Bear Toss.

After the Whalers’ most successful Teddy Bear Toss last season, Plymouth is enlisting the help of WDIV’s Chuck Gaidica and local corporate sponsor Family Heating Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to try to top last season’s Teddy Bear Toss.

“We’re always very excited and a little anxious to see the first Whalers goal,” said Dawn Frey, Senior Vice President of Advertising for Family Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.  “But when the stuffed animals come raining down, there’s nothing but smiles in the building.  Everyone involved is contributing something to make Saturday a special night.  It’s all about the right stuff – good people contributing to a great cause.”
When fans arrive at the game, they’ll be invited to purchase one of Gaidica’s Cuddle Alert Bears for just $5 to throw on the ice.  They also have the option to bring a new stuffed animal to the game.  

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