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Skate with the Canes, Casino Night Tickets Available Jan. 23

Kids ‘N Community Foundation fundraisers set for Feb. 15 and March 22, respectively

Friday, 01.18.2013 / 5:15 PM / News By Samantha Poulos

RALEIGH, NC – Doug Warf, Vice President of Marketing for the Carolina Hurricanes and Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, announced today that tickets for the annual Skate with the Canes fundraiser, as well as the annual Casino Night and Wine Tasting, will go on sale for season-ticket holders on Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. Skate with the Canes will take place on Friday, Feb. 15 from 6-9 p.m., and the Casino Night and Wine Tasting will be held Friday, March 22 from 7-11 p.m.

Tickets for Skate with the Canes are $75 each and include food, beverages, ice skate rentals and a premium gift, courtesy of the Carolina Hurricanes. Fans can purchase tickets at the PNC Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster, or by calling (919) 861-5474. Season-ticket holders have access to purchase their tickets online through the Caniac Account Manager the day before they go on sale to the general public. There will be 600 tickets available for the event, with 300 tickets reserved for the season-ticket holder pre-sale. All proceeds from the event benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

Skate with the Canes is one of four premiere Kids ‘N Community Foundation fundraising events held annually. This year’s event will rotate attendees in groups of 200 through three different stations: a skating session on the PNC Arena ice, tour of the newly renovated locker room / photo session with various Hurricanes players and an autograph session. The players will rotate stations opposite event attendees so that all fans get one station with each different player grouping. Stormy and the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad will also be on hand throughout the event. Fans may bring their own skates for the ice session, or pick up a complimentary rental pair. Attendees should bring their own cameras for the photo session.

Tickets for the 2013 Casino Night and Wine Tasting are $200 each ($115 is tax deductible), and will be available via Ticketmaster, at the Box Office, or by calling (919) 861-5494. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

The 2013 Casino Night and Wine Tasting will include wine tasting stations from local wine vendors, and non-cash prize casino games such as poker, blackjack, roulette and craps. Hurricanes players will act as dealers at the tables during the event, and the team’s coaches and front-office executives will also take part in the evening. The fundraiser includes a full-service food buffet and open bar, and the night will also feature silent and live auctions. The silent auction will include nearly 100 items, highlighted by the popular “player baskets,” which are made by individual players and include their “favorite things.” The live auction will include as many as 10 items and will be headlined by the “Trip with the Team.” The 2012 Casino Night and Wine Tasting raised more than $244,000 for local children’s charities.

The Kids ‘N Community Foundation provides much-needed funding to children’s charities and educational initiatives throughout North Carolina. The Foundation has funded scholarship programs, youth hockey, educational and literacy efforts, children’s health programs, the arts and other youth-related initiatives. In the Fall 2012 grant cycle, the Kids ‘N Community Foundation awarded $200,000 to four different children’s charities and foundations. Annually, the Foundation provides cash and in-kind contributions of more than $1 million to charitable and educational programs in North Carolina. Each member of the Hurricanes organization is actively involved in the community, and the Hurricanes take great pride in the ability to have a positive impact in the state. For more information on the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/foundation.

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Community: Skate with the Canes Enters 15th Year

Friday, 01.25.2013 / 4:00 PM / Tracking the Storm By Gabby Pinto

At last year’s Skate with the Canes, Jay Harrison said, “I think everyone wins at Skate with the Canes. It’s a great day! You get to see the season ticket holders face-to-face and meet some friendly fans, our biggest supporters. They are our foundation and keep us going out there, and it’s a great support.”

The 15th annual Skate with the Canes fundraiser for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation will be held on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and have limited availability.

Patrons are split up into groups and rotate through three sessions: skating, autographs and locker room photo session. Hurricanes players will also be divided into three groups and will rotate opposite of patrons so that each group will get to meet each player.

  • Skating: Have you ever wanted to skate on PNC Arena ice? During this session you will be able to skate alongside Hurricanes players or even take a shot in the skills 'n' drills area. For those who do not want to skate, you can sit on the Hurricanes bench and the players will skate over to meet you.
  • Autograph: In this session, you can get your Hurricanes memorabilia signed by the players in the group. This session also includes an exciting opportunity to meet the Carolina Hurricanes’ broadcasters, John Forslund, Tripp Tracy and Chantel McCabe.
  • Locker Room Photo: Patrons will get one of the first views of the newly renovated Carolina Hurricanes locker room. You do not want to forget your camera as you are able to sit with the players in the locker room stalls and weight room to take a photo.

Skate with the Canes is a unique, unforgettable experience, and you do not want to miss out. Where else will you get to skate alongside Eric Staal, chat with Jay Harrison and shake hands with Cam Ward? Not only is this a fun, family-friendly event, but you are giving back to the community as well. Last year, Skate with the Canes raised nearly $40,000 for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation that supports children’s charities in North Carolina.

Tickets are $75 for this priceless experience, and a portion of the ticket price will be tax deductible. Tickets include admission, food and beverage, skate rentals and a premium gift and poster from the Foundation. Imagine surprising your kids with tickets or getting them as a Valentine’s Day gift for the special Caniac in your life.

There are only 600 tickets available, so hurry and get yours today! They can be purchased at the PNC Arena Box Office, through Caniac Account Manager, through Ticketmaster or by calling (919) 861-5474.

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I have never been to Skate with the Canes before so I'm trying to find out do they provide you with something for the team to sign or do you have to bring something with you for the players to sign? I'd just rather not have to carry around something the whole time but I will if I have to. Thanks for the help!

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I have never been to Skate with the Canes before so I'm trying to find out do they provide you with something for the team to sign or do you have to bring something with you for the players to sign? I'd just rather not have to carry around something the whole time but I will if I have to. Thanks for the help!

The year I went (2007?) they had a pennant that was handed out and could be signed. The players were pretty much signing anything you handed to them.

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In the past, they have usually given out a small/medium size poster that you can have signed.

The two times that I have attended, my niece and nephew just had Ward and Staal sign their jerseys. We also had a Canes car flag that we used to get everyone elses. I took it off the plastic window mount so it was easy to carry around in a pocket.

You'll definitely have fun at the event. The Canes staff does a great job and the players are really cool to interact with.

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I'd recommend bringing hockey cards to get signed - they are small and easy to carry around in a plastic case during the event. Typically, there is a vendor setup at the event selling cards beforehand. You also can look on eBay.

I'd recommend getting the non-glossy ones, as signatures don't adhere well to glossy finishes. So, I'd recommending going with O-pee-chee or Score and staying away from Upper Deck.

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