Jackalopes in the Midst of Busy Week in the Community
ODESSA, TX - Despite training camp beginning in just over a week, the Odessa Jackalopes are continuing to push a busy schedule by making three appearances in the Permian Basin community over a 10-day span.
Last Thursday, several players worked as celebrity waiters at the annual "Celebrity Waiters for Charity" event held by the Casa De Amigos organization. It was the second straight year the Jackalopes participated. Sebastien Thinel, Phil Plante, Todd Robinson, Brady Leisenring, and Jackalopes radio broadcaster Brien Rea all waited on tables at the event. The tips that each waiter earned went directly to charity.
"It was my second year doing the event, and it was more fun than it was last year," said Plante. "Everyone there knows it's for a good cause so everyone likes to have fun with the waiters, the auctions and everything. It's enjoyable to be apart of a light-hearted event for charity."
The Casa De Amigos event also included a live and silent auction for prizes to raise proceeds.
On Saturday, SlapJack made an appearance at the American Diabetes Association's annual Great Strides Walk in Odessa. Last season the Jackalopes and the ADA held a night at one of the team's home games to help raise money for Great Strides, and a night for this season is currently scheduled for the team's November 13th game against the Allen Americans.
This Saturday, September 25th, will be the kick-off for the second annual "Jackalopes Reading Club" at the Ector County Library. Last season the Jackalopes were fortunate to have over 200 children participate in the reading club. Kids are challenged to read books throughout the hockey season, and awarded prizes for the number of books they read.
"The reading club is something we started last year, and we were surprised by the participation and how fast it took off," said Asst. General Manager Bill Levy. "So obviously with the participation we had last year, we had to do it again this season and we're excited to do it again because it's a way to make reading books enjoyable for children."
Prizes range from free hockey tickets, to free merchandise, to free meals at various local restaurants. As part of the kick-off players from this year's team will read to children at the library and sign autographs.
The Odessa Jackalopes are the Central Hockey League affiliate for the NHL's New York Islanders and the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The team will begin its 14th season in the Permian Basin in October 2010. Season tickets, mini-plans, and single game tickets are available by calling (432) 552-PUCK or visiting jackalopes.org.
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