Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Flames announced today that $16,594.00 was raised from their post-game jersey auction on Military Appreciation Night, sponsored by Local Plumbers and Steamfitters 773, on Saturday, November 22. The proceeds from the auction will be donated by the Flames to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Saturday evening was the first themed jersey night of the season as the Flames donned Snow Camo jerseys to show their appreciation to the United States Armed Forces. After the Flames defeated the Rochester Americans 2-1, the jerseys were auctioned off individually to fans with every jersey being sold. The evening’s top seller was David Wolf, whose jersey went for $1,750, one of the highest bids ever on a themed jersey in Glens Falls. Emile Poirier also eclipsed the $1,000 mark, as his bid finished second at $1,050.
“We’d like to thank Larry Bulman and Scott Martel, Local Plumbers and Steamfitters 773 and the United Association for their sponsorship of the evening and our fans and corporate partners who came out in support of the Wounded Warriors Project,” Adirondack Flames President Brian Petrovek said. “Raising over $16,000 for such a great cause is an incredible feat and on behalf of our players and staff we’d like to express our appreciation to the community for their response and generosity.”
Military Appreciation Night also recognized several veterans from the local community from a variety of different branches of service with an arena wide PA recognition during the second period. Scott Martel, Business Manager of Steamfitters and Pipefitters 773 and Larry Bulman, International Representative of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada and Australia, dropped the ceremonial first puck, after a national anthem that featured the Glens Falls VFW Color Guard and a large American flag held over the ice by Adirondack Flames Youth Hockey players.
“We thought the night went really well, it was wonderful to be a part of and to be involved with the Flames,” Bulman said. “We’re also pleased to see the money go to such a great program like Wounded Warriors. We’ve never forgotten our troops. There are many families that have had members hurt in the line of duty and this program helps them. We’re honored and proud to partner with the Flames for such a great night.”
The mission of the Wounded Warriors Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Their vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. The Wounded Warriors Project aims to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, as well as help injured service members aid and assist each other and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. For more information, or to donate, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
The Flames also honored Chief Warrant Officer Bill Huestis, of Ticonderoga, NY, as the United Association VIP Hero of the Game. Huestis served for over 20 years in the US Army as a Special Forces Operator, Instructor, Senior Advisor and Commander. His deployments included stints in Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq amongst others. His awards and decorations include the Special Forces and Airborne Tab, Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Huestis is currently in his first year apprentice working at Global Foundries in Malta, NY through the United Association VIP Program.
The Adirondack Flames are in action this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. as they host the Toronto Marlies for Thanksgiving Eve. The Flames are offering $2 beer specials prior to puck drop and $15 tickets for all fans! The Flames also host the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday as Dave Silk and Dave Christian of the 1980 US Olympics Hockey Team will be in Glens Falls to Relive The Miracle. To get tickets for either game, visit the Glens Falls Civic Center Box Office, call 518-480-3355 or visit glensfallscc.com.
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