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Worchester Sharks Raise Over $100,000 For Charities

May 19, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Worcester Sharks News Release

WORCESTER - Worcester Sharks President and CEO Michael T. Lehr announced that the Worcester Sharks and their fan base raised over $100,000 for various charitable causes through Sharks Charities during the 2009-10 season.

"The entire Sharks organization, our sponsors, and our fans feel a responsibility to do our part to support the Central Massachusetts and greater Worcester community," said Lehr. "Whether it is monetarily or from a volunteer standpoint, we should all make an effort to support our neighbors and friends in need."

Highlights from the 2009-10 Worcester Sharks community efforts include:

* The "Be a Leader" program. Now in its third season, the "Be a Leader" program presented by the Worcester Sharks and the Law Firm of Abigail Williams and Associates, is designed to provide students between the grades of 4-6 with leadership tips to enrich their lives as well as others around them. Several Sharks players and Sharks Mascot, FINZ, were present at the school assemblies along with the principle of the Law Firm of Abigail Williams and Associates, Abby Williams and the Sharks Director of Community Relations, Michael Myers. The program reached out to over 3,000 students in Central Massachusetts, with each receiving a free ticket to a Sharks game, compliments of the Law Firm of Abigail Williams and Associates.

* Sharks players and staff joined the Law Firm of Abigail Williams and Associates for the 2nd Annual Be a Leader Community Service Day and rolled up their sleeves and revamped the exterior and playgrounds of the Elm Park Community School in Worcester. Over $12,000 in renovations were performed which included a new side walk, two murals, and the refurbishing of the inside and outside of the school.

* Over 1,000 pounds of food were collected in part with the 4th Annual Worcester County Sheriff's Department Food Drive presented by Price Chopper, which was donated to the Friendly House of Worcester.

* Heroes Night - A Tribute to the Worcester 6. The Worcester Sharks held a special W6 Tribute night which raised over $7,000 to benefit the Worcester Firefighters Scholarship Fund and the Shriners Hospitals for Children Burn Unit. A touching pregame ceremony, a W6 tribute goalie mask worn by Alex Stalock, and a special third jersey highlighted the event.

* Give "Moore" for the Holidays - Sharks player toy drive. Sharks defenseman Mike Moore rallied his teammates to participate by purchasing toys for children from Community Healthlink of Worcester. Sharks players treated several families to a hockey game and a total of $3,000 of toys. In Addition, $500 was donated to the Rainbow Child Development Center.

* 3rd Annual Hat and Mittens Holiday Skate with the Sharks presented by BayState Savings Bank. The Hat & Mittens Holiday Skate with the Sharks was free and open to the public. All participants were kindly asked to bring a new winter hat, mittens or scarf with them to the event, as all collected items were donated to Community Health Link, Inc. of Worcester. The evening included festive holiday music and free hot chocolate and cookies.

* The Unum Cup Challenge, now in its 4th season, donated $10,000 to Y.O.U Inc. and $2,500 to Abby's House of Worcester. Unum donated money for every Sharks goal this season (275 goals) and the Sharks earned a share of the Unum Cup in their season series vs. Portland.

* Worcester Sharks forward T.J. Trevelyan donated $1,400 in part of "T.J. goals for Charity". T.J. gave $50 for every goal scored to Y.O.U Inc. The Sharks Booster Club ($500) and the Jared E. Daniel Memorial Fund ($1,000) also graciously donated for a total of $2,900 to Y.O.U Inc.

* Over 2,000 students participated in the highly popular "Reading is Cool" program where a Sharks player and FINZ read to local school children to emphasize the importance of reading. Each child received a free Sharks ticket compliments of the Law Firm of Abigail Williams and Associates and Sharks Charities.

Additionally; Sharks players, FINZ, staff, and the Street Brigade, made over 300 community appearances to schools, hospitals, hockey rinks, and special events throughout central Massachusetts and the greater Worcester area. Over 15,000 Sharks tickets were donated to local organizations via Sharks Charities.

Sharks Charities, lead by Chairwoman of Sharks Charities, Ms. Mary DeFeudis, is dedicated to meeting the educational, social and cultural needs of our community and is proud to partner with local organizations, in an effort to enhance the lives of residents throughout Central Massachusetts, with a focus on youth.

The Worcester Sharks remain extremely active during the offseason with over 100 community appearances throughout Central Massachusetts. Worcester Sharks Summer Days presented by Irving Oil includes player and mascot appearances, Sharks Street Brigades, and the SharkHead Shootout.

For more information regarding Worcester Sharks community efforts or Sharks Charities, please contact the Director of Community Relations and Youth Hockey Michael Myers at 508-929-0500 or visit www.SharksAHL.com.

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