FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS PARTNER WITH MAKE-A-WISH® TO HOST 14 CHILDREN DURING ORGANIZATION’S FIRST-EVER
AWARENESS NIGHT AT WELLS FARGO CENTER
Philadelphia, PA (January 6, 2015) – The Philadelphia Flyers will host 14 Make-A-Wish children and their families during the organization’s first-ever Awareness Night during the Wednesday, January 13 Bruins vs. Flyers game at the Wells Fargo Center.
Ranging in age from six to 15 and all from the Greater Philadelphia Region, these 14 children hosted by Make-A-Wish will be treated to special, VIP Flyers experiences throughout the game, including sitting on the bench during warm-ups, taking in the game from the penalty box, riding the Zamboni, helping the broadcasters from the radio and TV booths, high-fiving the players from the ice, and meeting the players in the locker room post-game.
“We are honored to partner with the Philadelphia Flyers for this evening to build awareness of our wish-granting program. In 2016 we are celebrating 30 years of wishes for over 5600 local children since 1986. It is through the kind support of partners like the Flyers that we are able to carry out our mission.” stated Dennis J. Heron, President & CEO
In addition to the behind-the-scenes experiences, the children and their families will sit in two designated “Make-A-Wish Suites” that evening, hosted by Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Both players will meet with the kids and sign autographs in the locker room following the game.
In honor of the evening, Flyers coaches, staff, and broadcasters will wear Make-A-Wish ribbons to support the organization. Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Northern Delaware & Susquehanna Valley will also be recognized as the night’s “Community Teammate.”
Those wanting to support Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Northern Delaware & Susquehanna Valley that evening may participate in a text-to-give campaign by texting WISH to 80088 to donate $10.
The Flyers take on the New York Islanders on Saturday, January 9 at 1 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center, then will square off against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, January 13 at 8 p.m. during the team’s Make-A-Wish Night. Great seats are still available by calling 215-218-PUCK or visiting PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.
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Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Northern Delaware & Susquehanna Valley serves Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Montgomery, Perry & Philadelphia counties in PA and New Castle County in Delaware. For more info, please visit philasv.wish.org
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