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SBD/December 14, 2011/Sports in Society
Charity Stripe: Several Sports Figures Lending A Helping Hand During The Holidays
Published December 14, 2011
SK8 TO IT: The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care beginning in February are hosting the third annual “Neely SK8 Challenge,” a skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual. The fundraiser will help raise funds for children battling cancer and their families (Bruins). Meanwhile, the Bruins also will purchase “popular toys, games and action figures at Target in Woburn for the team’s annual Holiday Toy Shopping Event” headed up by LW Patrice Bergeron (BOSTON HERALD, 12/14).
GIVING BACK: In St. Petersburg, Marissa Lang notes Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik “jump-started the team's Community Hero program.” The team "gives a different nonprofit $50,000 at each" of their 41 home games during the ‘11-12 season. That equates to “$2,050,000 in just one season, and only a fraction of the $10 million Vinik and wife, Penny, have pledged to local charities.” Lightning employees also “have pledged to volunteer 100 hours each over the course of the year” (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/14)….Yankees P CC Sabathia on Monday night was at the MLB Fan Cave, where he “was Santa for kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs” (MLB.com, 12/12).