Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fundraiser for Fort Dupont Cannons

Come out tomorrow evening and support this great event raise money for the Fort Dupont Cannons. Want to see US lawmakers take on the lobbyist in a head to head Hockey battle?

DATE: Thursday, March 10, 2011
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Verizon Center, Main Entrance on F Street

Greetings Everyone --

For three years, now, I have had the pleasure to be involved with the Congressional Hockey Challenge, a charity ice hockey game pitting members of Congress, congressional staff and executive branch employees against federal lobbyists to raise money for the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club, and the Fort Dupont Ice Arena. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and NHL greats Pat Lafontaine, Willie O'Ree, Kevin Weekes and others will be in attendance. Washington Capital Mike Knuble will drop the first puck.

Members playing this year are Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IL), and Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA).

It promises to be a great game -- The Lawmakers won 6-4 in 2009, and the Lobbyists roared back 7-2 in 2010.

See below for information about the charities and the event. Thanks to the generosity of the Washington Capitals and the National Hockey League, this year's Challenge wll be played on Thursday evening, March 10 at 6pm at Verizon Center, home of the Washington Capitals. Doors open at 5:45, and tickets can be purchased for a suggested donation of $10 to the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club.

Please come and bring friends and family -- the Caps will have concession stands open, so you can all drink draft beer and start screaming at us in the third period. I hope to see you there!

Warm Regards
-- Nick Lewis, #66, Left Wing, Lobbyists

For more information, please visit: THE 3rd ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL HOCKEY CHALLENGE

The Fort DuPont ice Arena is in dire financial condition, and is at risk of closing. All proceeds from the 3rd Annual Congressional Hockey Challenge will go directly to the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club, which will share fifty percent of the proceeds with the Fort DuPont Ice Arena. This will help ensure the Arena remains on stable footing, and that the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club can continue its mission.

Founded in 1978 by Neal Henderson, The Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club is an NHL-sponsored, award-winning 501 (c) (3) charitable organization providing local and inner-city youth with the opportunity to participate in an organized ice hockey program. Participants have a wide range of experience in skating and game play and ages range from 8 to 17. The program provides teaches young people discipline through athletics and coaching, and helps establish self-esteem, a sense of purpose, and offers an incentive to excel academically. The benefits of organized sports extend far beyond the rink: the girls and boys who join the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club learn life skills. As these children grow, they will become better citizens and will learn to give respect and anticipate respect. Children participating in the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club have a 100 percent high school graduation rate, and over 90 percent continue to higher education.

The home rink of the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club, the Fort DuPont Ice Arena is situated on National Park Service land and operated by Friends of Fort DuPont Ice Arena, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. The Arena is the only public indoor ice rink in the city of Washington. Fort DuPont Ice Arena has been named as an America's Promise "Safe Place" - a safe place for young people with structured activities during non-school hours. This designation was awarded to the Arena in December of 2001 by America's Promise, the Alliance for Youth organization founded by General Colin L. Powell. It serves as an anchor in its community and as a place of refuge for children in need by providing skating instruction and classroom activities free of charge, or at highly affordable rates.

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