The Chicago Wolves with the support of team owner Don Levin have set some sort of professional hockey record, adopting more than 1,300 dogs over the past 15 seasons, nearly all from Chicago Animal Care & Control. Can you imagine?
You read that right – 1,300 dogs. Levin and the Wolves commitment to supporting Chicago’s municipal shelter – through all sorts of news stories (true and not-so-true) is undeniable. Now, the Wolves are going even further to help homeless dogs.
The American Hockey League franchise will wear commemorative Animal Adoption Awareness jerseys on January 7, 11 and 21 at the Allstate Arena.
And these jerseys happen to be VERY cool!
Get this: Each player and coach will have an exclusive jersey available via auction or raffle, as will general manager Wendell Young, senior executive vice president Wayne Messmer and broadcaster Billy Gardner. Goaltender Jordan Binnington will wear a different jersey for each game in order to maximize fundraising for animal adoption-related charities as well as Chicago Wolves Charities.
“We’re starting this fundraiser on an Adopt-A-Dog Night and hopefully more dogs will find loving homes,” said Wolves senior vice president of operations Courtney Mahoney. “But just as important, this will raise more awareness about animals’ needs and it will raise money to support some good foundations and shelters that will really benefit from everyone’s help.”
The opportunities to win jerseys begin Saturday, Jan. 7. One of Binnington’s jerseys serves as the prize for the Golden Ticket raffle, which provides each ticket-holder with a one in 50 chance to win. Tickets are $50 apiece and available on a first-come, first-served basis at ChicagoWolvesStore.com as well as the home games on January 7, 11 and 21.
Most other jerseys can be won via silent auction at the Chicago Wolves Charities table behind Section 105 at Allstate Arena. The auction begins on Jan. 7 and concludes at the end of second intermission on Saturday, Jan. 21.
Defenseman Jordan Schmaltz, a first-round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, will have his jersey available via blind auction. Fans can submit bids for the blind auction at the Chicago Wolves Charities table. All forms must be turned in by the end of second intermission on Jan. 21.
For those who can’t attend any of the three games in which the Wolves wear their Animal Adoption Awareness jerseys, an online silent auction begins on Monday, January 23, and runs until noon on Friday, February 3. There will be three jerseys available in this fashion: a Size 56 jersey that allows the winner to choose the nameplate on the back of a No. 17 jersey; a Size 58 jersey that also allows the winner to personalize the nameplate on the back of a No. 17 jersey; and the third and final Binnington jersey.
To reserve a Golden Ticket, participate in the online auction or receive more information about the Animal Adoption Awareness fundraisers, visit ChicagoWolves.com.
If you’ve not be, Chicago Wolf games are affordable, and offer a family friendly atmosphere. Attending is fun, particularly as a family. The Wolves leadership and support of homeless pets has inspired others. #chicagoproud.
This announcement comes following a week when legendary NHL announcer Doc Emrick announced personal support for Chicago area pet adoption.