New York, NY., (March 1, 2013) – The Stan Lee Foundation, a public charity promoting literacy, education and the arts across the US has teamed up with NYPD Hockey and NHL Alumni to bring a fierce face-off to Madison Square Garden “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” Sunday, March 24, 2013, while at the same time supporting the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the New York City Police Foundation. The event hopes to draw thousands of hockey fans to watch the city’s heroes slap shot it out for a great cause. The teams will be highlighted by players from the NY Rangers, NY Islanders, and NJ Devils alumni.
This competitive hockey game brought to you by The Stan Lee Foundation is also supporting the NYPD, some of our real life hometown heroes, to UNITE the Tri-State area to bring the community together to foster teamwork and rebuilding efforts. By highlighting the dedication that the NYPD shows to their neighborhoods, this game will honor everyday working people and show their resilience in the face of great challenges. The Stan Lee Foundation proposes to celebrate and show appreciation by giving back to those who are in need and the hero citizens who have made a difference in their neighborhoods. The event is open to the general public and especially to reach to hockey fans that are looking for a fast and furious game with some of hockey’s greats.
"The devastation of Sandy that has hit the areas of NY, NJ, PA, and other states on the east coast has left many people and some close friends homeless and others in the dark and with no heat for weeks. We have seen people from all over the U.S who have come together in so many ways to help one another during this hard time and now it’s time for us former professional hockey players to get together and give back," says Benoit Hogue, Stanley Cup winner. The former New York Islander is also happy to announce that Pat Lafontaine and Bruce Driver will be playing on the alumni team. “On behalf of the NHL alumni I would like to thank The Stan Lee Foundation and the NYPD Hockey Team for their support in this event.”
Other players include Ron Duguay, Pat Flatley, Mick Vukota, Grant Marshall, Jim Dowd, Krzysztof Oliwa, Brian Mullen, Michel Petit, Ken Daneyko, Vladimir Malakhov, and Dan Blackburn. Celebrity coaches will be Ron Greschner and Ed Hospodar and team trainer Joe McMahon will be taking care of the team. There will be a special guest appearance by Boomer Esiason.
It will be extra competitive with the skill of NHL Alums matched-up with a knock-down, drag out duel on skates – the kind of thing that only our true heroes can deliver. The victors of this epic battle will take home the (soon to be) famous “STAN LEE Foundation CUP.”
“Sometimes the challenges that people face are for basic needs. We want to help our communities and continue in the efforts of rebuilding and create hope for the future,” says Junko Kobayashi, President of the Foundation.
Charlie Ventecinque, Captain of NYPD Hockey says, "Having an opportunity to give back to the community and help out the people who were affected by hurricane Sandy is pretty special. To play in a building like Madison Square Garden against players you grew up idolizing makes it even more special."
The Stan Lee Foundation will be donating 70% of the net proceeds from the Hockey Game to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of hurricane relief efforts. The Mayor’s Fund retains no administrative fee, and one hundred percent of donations are being dispersed to relief efforts and organizations. Funds will support immediate aid needs – including, food, cleaning materials and hygiene supplies – as well as long-term relief and restoration. Another 15% will be going to the NYC Police Foundation to help those in the NYPD family that have been devastated by the storm and 15% to the Stan Lee Foundation for an afterschool program for the children affected in the area.
Tickets for this event start at $25 and can be purchased at www.thegarden.com and Ticketmaster
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About The Stan Lee Foundation
The Stan Lee Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization founded to provide access to literacy, education, and the arts throughout the nation. Created in 2009 on behalf of Comics Legend Stan Lee, considered the father of the modern day comic book and co-creator of Spider-Man®, The Incredible Hulk®, Fantastic Four®, Iron Man®, Thor ®and thousands of other comic book characters, The Stan Lee Foundation promotes literacy for children and adults, creates and distributes innovative educational programs for students and teachers, and provides access to the arts in underserved communities.
The Stan Lee Foundation provides guidance, leadership, resources, and exposure to institutions and other organizations that share in its dedication to upholding these goals. In doing so, The Stan Lee Foundation will shape a new generation of writers, thinkers, community leaders, philanthropists, innovators, and Heroes.