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April 3, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) - Charlotte Checkers News Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Last season, the Checkers became the first ECHL team to ever complete a home building for Habitat for Humanity. This year, they will attempt the feat a second time as they once against join forces with Sutter Home Family Vineyards to raise money and construct a home for a local Charlotte family.

With the help of the Checkers front office and hockey operations staff as well as special assistance from Goodrich Corporation and other sponsors for the event, the Checkers and Sutter Home Family Vineyards plan to begin construction in mid-April this year and anticipate a 12-week process to complete the home. Both the team and Sutter Home are currently raising $65,000 for the project through various fundraising programs.

Sutter Home will advertise the event on the necks of their wine bottles which can be found throughout Charlotte area retail stores. Fans are encouraged to go to their local retail store to purchase a bottle of wine and mail in their capsule. For every capsule received, $1 will be donated to the overall goal. The mailing address for the donations will be located on the wine neckers.

Goodrich Corporation joined the effort again this season as a major sponsor of the event. Goodrich is commemorating 10 years in the Charlotte market. The company moved its worldwide headquarters to Charlotte in 1999 from Ohio, where it was founded in 1870. Over the past decade, Goodrich has been a strong community partner through corporate and charitable giving as well as through volunteer time donated by Goodrich employees.

"We are very excited to partner with Checkers and Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte for a second year," said Wendy Nyberg, senior director of marketing for Sutter Home. "Last year, we were incredibly touched by the impact of the Habitat for Humanity project; we knew immediately that we wanted to continue this partnership in the future. To support a family on such a personal level is very rewarding and moving for all of us at Sutter Home."

"We enjoyed working with the Checkers organization so much last year on the Habitat for Humanity project that we decided to partner again," remarked Kelly Chopus, director of community relations for Goodrich. "We support all of the efforts the Checkers make in the community to make Charlotte a better place to live, work and play. We want to continue to encourage opportunities for services like a Habitat build. In fact, our employees started asking about participating on another build as soon as the last nail was hammered on the first one!"

"We are so thrilled that the Charlotte Checkers, Sutter Home Family Vineyards and Goodrich are partnering with us again to build another home for a family in need," said Bert Green, executive director for Habitat Charlotte. "The Charlotte Checkers should be commended for choosing to strengthen the local community by partnering with Habitat to provide a simple, decent home, where a family can live and grow."

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