Commemorative CHOC Night Bears
Anaheim Ducks fans and CHOC Children’s Hospital supporters, mark your calendars because CHOC Night at Honda Center is just around the corner.
On Sunday, March 23, the Anaheim Ducks and CHOC Children’s will be hosting CHOC Night at Honda Center to help raise awareness and funds for the children’s hospital, as the Anaheim Ducks take on the Florida Panthers.
Prior to the game, in the Hockey Spot and outside the Northeast Entrance, CHOC Children’s volunteers will be selling the fan-favorite, limited edition stuffed Choco bears (the CHOC mascot) outfitted in an Anaheim Ducks replica home jersey autographed by an Anaheim Ducks player for $60 per bear. Choco bears traditionally sell-out fast and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure not to miss your chance to get this season’s bear.
All proceeds from the event will benefit CHOC Children’s and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital.
Anaheim Ducks Surprise Puck Sets
To support the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, the Ducks will be selling a commemorative series Surprise Puck Set featuring four limited edition Anaheim Ducks 20th Anniversary pucks. The final puck sale will be in section 212, prior to the home game on Sunday, April 13. Pucks will cost $30.
Fans will pick an individually wrapped puck at random and receive either a Ducks player-autographed commemorative puck or - for 20 lucky fans - a surprise orange puck autographed by Teemu Selanne. The lucky winners of the April 13 commemorative surprise puck sale will win a Mighty Ducks jersey autographed by Selanne. Don’t miss your chance to win a Surprise Orange Puck and support the Anaheim Ducks Foundation!
On February 19, Anaheim Ducks & Honda Center staff, fans and corporate partners of the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center teamed up for the 2nd annual Anaheim Ducks Power PLAY!
Volunteers performed a day’s work of beautification projects at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim.
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At the January 12th home game against the Detroit Red Wings, the Ducks hosted OC Animal Care Night to raise awareness for OC Animal Care, an open-admission animal shelter that provides temporary shelter and medical care for lost, owned or stray animals, and opportunities for the adoption of these animals.
Adoptable animals were on-hand for fans to interact with in the Hockey Spot prior to the game and thanks to the generosity of the Ducks fans, OC Animal Care collected an abundance of new or gently used towels, blankets, pet toys and pet food for the shelter animals. In addition, the evening’s silent auction raised over $2,000 to benefit OC Animal Care.
For more information on how you can support OC Animal Care, please visit, www.ocpetinfo.com.
The Anaheim Ducks were full of holiday spirit and were busy spreading cheer in Orange County this holiday season!
The Ducks holiday activities kicked-off on December 2, when the entire Ducks team spent the afternoon at CHOC Children’s making a special visit to each of the children in their hospital rooms. As a holiday surprise to the children, the players brought Anaheim Ducks Kids Club Kits for each of them as well as posed for pictures and signed autographs for the kids. Each of the Kids Club Kits used at the CHOC Hospital Holiday visit were generously donated to the children by Ducks fans.
On December 10, Ducks players, Dustin Penner and Andrew Cogliano treated 10 deserving children from The Wooden Floor, an after-school program that empowers low-income youth from diverse backgrounds to strengthen self-esteem, self-discipline and a sense of accomplishment through dance, academic, and family programs to an afternoon of holiday Shopping at Toys R Us. Penner and Cogliano were clad in a festive holiday attire to help each child stock up on their holiday wish list to make for a special Christmas this year.
The Lady Ducks also got into to the holiday shopping spirit when they hosted 10 additional kids from The Wooden Floor on December 17, for a shopping spree at Wal-Mart, Irvine. The children from The Wooden Floor had the opportunity to load up their shopping carts with new clothes, school supplies and gifts for their families in celebration of the holiday season.
The Ducks collected over 1,000 toys as part of the annual Anaheim Ducks Toy Drive at all December home games prior to the Christmas holiday, as well as The Rinks locations and the Anaheim Ducks Team Store. The Lady Ducks- wives and significant others- joined by the Anaheim Fire Department helped in the Toy Drive collection efforts at the Ducks games, which all benefited the Spark of Love Toy Drive.
On December 18, the Ducks and The Rinks hosted a Holiday Toy Drive Skate Party at The Rinks – Anaheim ICE. Fans that donated a toy got to skate for free that evening and were entered to win a #15 Ryan Getzlaf autographed jersey. Ducks Alumni Jason Marshall, Sean Pronger and Jeff Friesen were in attendance, along with Wild Wing, Power Players and Street Team, and spent the evening skating alongside fans. Those in attendance also had the chance to take holiday pictures in a photo booth and decorate ornaments.
To culminate our seasonal Toy Drives, the Ducks and Honda Center teamed up with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and ABC7 to support the Spark of Love Toy Drive by stuffing OCTA buses with toys. This annual event took place on December 20, in the Honda Center parking lot and ABC7 news was on hand to collect toys donated by the public to distribute to children in the local community. An impressive 17 OCTA buses were stuffed over the course of the day.
Staff Volunteer Program – Summer Highlights
On June 26th, The Flight Crew volunteered at the You Are Special Food Pantry located in Orange. You Are Special works to alleviate hunger in the City of Orange and nearby communities by operating a food pantry and by providing other safety net services. They serve anyone who requests food, no questions asked.
The morning was spent organizing donated food and packaging it to be given to local residents in need. The fast-paced and well-organized process was directed by Michelle and Eric Hensley, their children and the handful of dedicated You Are Special volunteers that provide their service every other Wednesday of the month. The hard work of getting all of the food prepped was well worth it when the volunteers were able to pass it out and help support those that truly need assistance. It was an eye-opening experience to see the need for food in the community and the Flight Crew was extremely proud to the support the cause.
To learn more about You Are Special’s community outreach and food pantry, please visit, www.youarespecial.org.
The Ducks and Honda Center staff is full of animal lovers. So, to give back to our four-legged friends in need, the employees visited OC Animal Care on July 23rd. OC Animal Care is an open-admission animal shelter that provides temporary shelter and medical care for lost, owned or stray animals, and opportunities for the adoption of these animals. The Flight Crew spent the afternoon making blankets for the animals at the facility, as well as playing with the dogs, handing out treats and creating online profiles to help them find a forever home.
To find out how you can rescue an animal or assist OC Animal Care, please visit, www.ocpetinfo.com.
The final staff volunteer outing of the summer was with Silverado Hospice as part of their Petals for Patients program to create floral arrangements for hospice patients in Silverado’s local facilities. On August 6th, The Flight Crew- joined by Silverado Hospice volunteers- took part in a flower arranging tutorial and then used their creativity to create arrangements to help brighten the spirits of those in hospice. The Flight Crew made 50 arrangements which they also delivered to the patients at Silverado Hospice in Tustin.
Silverado Hospice exists in the hope and belief that through effective, compassionate care, patients can approach the end of their lives with dignity and comfort in the midst of a caring environment sensitive to their needs. They do this by helping patients achieve physical and emotional comfort so they can concentrate on living life as fully as possible.
For more information on Silverado Hospice’s Petals for Patients program, please visit www.silveradosenior.com.
The Anaheim Ducks hosted its annual prospect conditioning camp for its top prospects from July 3-8. The camp consisted of both on-ice and off-ice workouts at THE RINKS - Anaheim ICE, but also included a special community event for the players.
On Sunday, July 7th, families from Defending the Blue Line, a nonprofit whose mission is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey, were invited to participate in a private skate followed by lunch with the Ducks prospects. It was a great afternoon for both the families and the Ducks prospects to get the chance to learn about each other and all of the great things Defending the Blue Line is doing in the community. The families had the opportunity to take photos with the players and received Ducks goodie bags.
Defending the Blue Line is part of the Anaheim Ducks Charity Ticket Program and distributes Ducks tickets to military families throughout the season. They may see some of the Ducks prospects from Sunday’s luncheon on the Honda Center ice in the near future!
Bruxie celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Rancho Santa Margarita location with the help of the Ducks on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. As a part of an ongoing partnership between the authority on Gourmet Waffle Sandwiches and the Anaheim Ducks, fans were invited to celebrate with the Ducks Power Players and Wild Wing, participate in street hockey activities with the Ducks Street Team, and enjoy Bruxie’s menu of savory and sweet gourmet waffle sandwich offerings and $1 custards.
Bruxie will donate 20% of the entire day’s sales to benefit the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and the Santa Margarita Catholic High School Hockey Team. Guests in attendance were also able to purchase Bruxie and Ducks co-branded t-shirts for $10 each. 100% of proceeds of the shirts will benefit the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and Santa Margarita Catholic High School Hockey Team.
As a highlight of the day, Bruxie honored members of the local Santa Margarita Catholic High School Hockey Team, part of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League, for their achievement of winning the 2013 USA Hockey Varsity High School Championship.