Posted 47 days ago ago by David Fine
Second season organizations tackle cancer together
Kearney, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation have partnered for the second straight season to fight pediatric cancer on “Sammy’s Superheroes Night”, presented by First National Bank, Saturday, March 18 at 7:05 p.m. against the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is a Nebraska-based pediatric cancer research and awareness group. Last season, the Storm raised just shy of $24,000 for the foundation.
Here’s a list of what the Storm will do to raise money for Sammy’s Superheroes and how fans can help.
- Tri-City will wear one-night-only Sammy’s Superheroes jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game, with all proceeds going to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation.
- Fans that purchase tickets online or through the Viaero Center Box Office using the code “SUPERHEROES” will donate $5 from their $14 ticket to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Purchase tickets to the game here. The Box Office is open from 11am-6pm and the phone number is 308-338-8144.
- The Storm and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation will sell t-shirts and teddy bears at the game on the concourse and in the Storm Store to raise money. All proceeds go to Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation.
The Storm will give away superhero capes to the first 1,000 kids in attendance. For the second straight season, Tri-City players will “buddy up” with children affected by cancer before the game and give the kids a game-day experience. The all-access experience includes skating out on the ice with the children for pregame introductions.
Last season, Storm Captain Tory Dello gave his game-day experience to Sammy Nahorny, for whom the foundation is named, and the two remain in touch. The six players that buddied up with kids affected by cancer have made thank-you videos that will play during the game.
Tri-City and Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation have made two joint appearances in the last week to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. On Tuesday, March 7, Storm players and coaches signed autographs for fans at First National Bank in Kearney. On Thursday, March 9, the Storm team bus stopped at First National Bank in Columbus, Nebraska for the second straight season and players met kids affected by cancer. See pictures of the event here.
Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation was founded on August 1, 2012, one day after Sammy Nahorny was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a solid tumor of the adrenal system. His mother, Erin, helped create the foundation as a support system for her family. The organization seeks to raise awareness for childhood cancer and donate funds to pediatric cancer research organizations.
The Storm’s engagement with the Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation is part of the team’s effort to help different organizations tackle cancer. Last season, Tri-City’s “Jerseys for a Cause” program raised more than $11,000, with about $2,000 of that going to the Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Through two seasons, the Storm has raised more than $23,000 through Jerseys for a Cause. In 2014-15, Tri-City partnered with Team Jack, another organization dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer, raising more than $16,000 through t-shirt sales, a silent auction and Jerseys for a Cause.
The Storm is home on Friday, March 17 against Muskegon at 7:05 p.m. to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, featuring $1 Coors Lights, green beer and koozie giveaway to the first 2,000 fans and a $5 Kids Friday.
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