Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Predators Foundation and Brent Peterson Party for a Great Cause


No, that is not the latest contract that the Predators have issued.

That is how much the Predators Foundation has distributed since its inception to charities in Middle Tennessee.

It's difficult to quantify that positive impact and the lives that have been improved by gifts from the Foundation. All of this is made possible through the generous donations of fans of the Predators, and they were out in full force on Monday night as over 1,100 people filled the floor of the Bridgestone Arena for Petey's Party. The event raises funds for the Predators Foundation and Peterson's Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Those in attendance were treated to a great evening of entertainment and dining as well as an opportunity to bid on numerous silent auction items. Despite the lock out, most of the team was there to support the event.

Here are some pictures from the evening:

The arena floor before the guests arrive

Paul McCann and his wife Denise, with Travis Ruffin

Sheila and Terry Crisp, ready to spend some money at the silent auction

Some of the many jerseys autographed by NHL players that were auctioned off at the event

Predators goaltending coach Mitch Korn and Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff

Paul Gaustad visiting with fans

Coach Brent Peterson and the View

Patric Hornqvist talking to some of the guests

Guests enjoying dinner

Predators Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry addresses the audience

Hypnotist Rich Guzzi with some hypnotized volunteers, including Tom Cigarran (second from left) of the Predators ownership group. It was probably the first time for any of us in attendance to hear Chinese rap.

Pierre McQuire of NBC Sports and Gord Miller of TSN helped by leading a live auction for a trip with the team

Brent Peterson spoke about coping with Parkinson's in a heartfelt speech

Pekka Rinne looking over some of the silent auction items

Head Coach Barry Trotz and some guy

Ben Butzbach and Justin Bradford of Penalty Box Radio

Phil Vassar and his band rocked to close out the evening

This evening of fun and entertainment provided funds to support Parkinson's research and the charitable activities of the Predators Foundation. Many thanks to all those in attendance for their generous support, and to the players, coaches, and friends of the team for their support.

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