November 8, 2017 - ECHL (ECHL) - Brampton Beast
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, announced today at a press conference at the Powerade Centre that Kotak Personal Injury Law will once again be the title sponsor in support of the Beast's annual Military Appreciation Day.
Nainesh Kotak, Barrister and Solicitor with Kotak Personal Injury Law, has committed to purchase 1,000 tickets to Sunday afternoon's 2:00 PM game against the Adirondack Thunder to distribute to active and veteran members of the military.
In addition, Kotak has made a sizeable $3,000 donation to Wounded Warriors Canada, a not-for-profit organization that supports Canada's ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, and their families.
Thanks to Mr. Kotak's generous contributions, Sunday afternoon's game will be the third consecutive ' Kotak Law Military Appreciation Day'.
Kotak, a prominent and long-time supporter of the Beast, knows all too well that there are many community groups and important local organizations that require support and financial assistance but for him, the decision to support Military Appreciation Day was an easy one.
"I believe that successful individuals in corporations have a duty to give back to society." Kotak said.
"Being Canadian, who i s more deserving to give back to th a n our military? The men and women of our military have done so much for our country. Hockey is our game and I'm proud to have our armed forces honoured in such a Canadian way. I'm extremely proud and privileged to give back to society."
Kotak sat alongside Beast President and General Manager, Cary Kaplan and National Partnerships Director of Wounded Warriors Canada, David Macdonald at Tuesday's press conference and explained to the group assembled that supporting our nation's military, as well as their families, certainly goes a long way.
"Most people have some history of having friends or family in the military," said Kaplan.
"There are hundreds of thousands of people who make commitments to fight for our country. Still today, there are Canadians representing us in Iraq and Afghanistan and all across the world. I think for the average ninety-nine percent, they don't see that. This game is one chance to really give back just a little bit. When I listen to the national anthem on that day, I will listen more closely then on any other game this year. There's really something special about it, and as an organization, we're honoured to support and do our part.
Kotak was particularly touched by the efforts of Macdonald, who was extensively injured during a tour of Afghanistan with the Canadian Army in 2009. Rehabilitation back to civilian life was a challenge for Macdonald, which led to his involvement with Wounded Warriors Canada.
"It's more than just a hockey game," Macdonald said.
"It's a chance for us to enjoy some time with our families. Do to the nature of the military; we don't get to see them that often. These moments that you get to enjoy with your family are extremely precious. There's nothing more Canadian than enjoying a hockey game. We're looking forward to the game and to continuing our very successful partnership now and in the future."
In addition to the aforementioned activities for Kotak Law Military Appreciation Day, the Beast will be wearing specialty milit ary-themed jerseys, which will be auctioned off following the game. NHL legend and World War II veteran Johnny Bower will be on hand to sign autographs and kick off the day's celebrations.
Support the Beast and the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces by coming out to the game on Sunday, November 12 at 2:00PM against the Adirondack Thunder.
For more information or general media inquiries on the Brampton Beast, please contact Chris Ballard, Public Relations Coordinator at (905) 564-1684 or firstname.lastname@example.org