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Texas Wildcatters and Fox News Radio Team Up to Knock the Puck Out of Cancer

April 8, 2003 - ECHL (ECHL) - Texas Wildcatters News Release

Beaumont, TX (April 8, 2003) - The Texas Wildcatters Hockey Team and Fox News Radio 1340/1380 AM recently partnered together to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life 2003. The event was held last weekend at The Meadows Soccer Fields in Beaumont and early tallies show that over $150,000 was raised by the 66 individual teams that participated.

Relay for Life is a unique fund-raising event that allows participants to join together in the fight against cancer. Teams consist of 8 to 15 team members and one team member must be walking the track at all times. The Relay began at 6:00 p.m. Friday night with a cancer survivor lap and ended at 1:00pm on Saturday with an all-team victory lap.

The team was honored with a first place ribbon for best cancer-related theme. They wore neon yellow T-shirts with their slogan, "Fox News Radio teaming up with the Texas Wildcatters to Knock the Puck Out of Cancer."

They also used a hockey stick as a relay baton when they walked the track.

"The Relay for Life is an amazing event to participate in," said Stacy Thompson, Director of Community Relations and Wildcatter relay team member. "We are proud that we could help raise funds for cancer awareness within this community and we also had a great time participating."

The Texas Wildcatters and Fox News Radio team raised over $3,200 for the Relay for Life. On top of donations raised by each team member, additional funds were raised at the event. For nominal donations, the most popular item of the night was blinky-disco lights that people could wear, as well as magic tricks, and balloon art.

A Relay highlight was when the Fox News/Wildcatter team sold raffle tickets for Sky Dive Bingo. For a $1 donation, participants could buy a raffle ticket and at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning a troupe of skydivers from Ground Rush jumped into the center of the Relay and chose the winning tickets from five buckets. Prizes included Wildcatters' hockey tickets, a tandem skydive courtesy of Ground Rush, and many local gift certificates to restaurants, a one year workout and tanning certificate from Total Fitness, auto detailing from The Auto Salon, and much more.

Karisa Tinsley, team captain and Account Executive for Fox News Radio said, "I want to thank all the local businesses in the community whose donations for our various raffle prizes helped us make our first Relay for Life a success. Also a special thank you to team members for their hard work and dedication. We met our team fundraising goal and we can't wait to participate again next year."

About the Texas Wildcatters Hockey Team

The Texas Wildcatters Professional Hockey team is a new member of the East Coast Hockey League. They will begin their inaugural season in late October 2003 at the new state-of-the-art arena at the Southeast Texas Entertainment Complex just off Interstate 10 in Beaumont, Texas.

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