Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Petey's Preds Party A Huge Success

The annual Petey's Preds Party was held at Bridgestone Arena with over 1,000 people in attendance. The event has become a popular gathering for Predator fans that signals that the hockey season is beginning. More importantly, it is an event that raises a lot of money for Brent Peterson's Foundation for Parkinson's and the Predators Foundation.

A view of the arena before the guests arrive. in the foreground are some of the autographed guitars available for auction.

Numerous auction items were available, including autographed jerseys from players around the League.

Autographed Predator jerseys were some of the most popular items at the auction.
The man of the hour, Brent Peterson, with Mark Blake.

With the exception of the rookies, all the Predators players were in attendance.
I had a chance to talk with Gabriel Bourque at the golf tournament on Friday. Good news, Predator fans- he says his knee is 100% and he is back to full speed.

Pekka Rinne told me he is feeling good and close to full speed.

Patric Hornqvist and Craig Smith engaged in a deep conversation.

Kevin Nealon of Saturday Night Live fame was the featured entertainment. Here is Kevin with the Predators P.A. announcer Paul McCann and his son, Zach.

Predators fans browse the numerous auction items that were available.

Predators fans enjoying a delicious dinner.

Former Predator player Jamie Allison performed for the crowd. He was very good, performing a country ballad.

Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz addresses the audience.

Scott Hamilton did an excellent job as the Master of Ceremonies.

Sean Henry, COO of the Predators, gave the audience an update on the activities of the Predators Foundation.

Stu Grimson, left, and Gord Miller, right, of TSN getting ready to conduct a live auction for a road trip with the Predators for the opening games with St. Louis and Colorado.

Brent Peterson updates the audience on his health and the efforts of the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson's. His foundation has sponsored some breakthrough research at Vanderbilt Hospital.

Kevin Nealon delivered a hilarious stand up routine.

The radio broadcast team of Tom Callahan and Stu Grimson.

Tami Peterson, Brent's wife, with Pete and Claudia Weber.
The impact of the Peterson for Parkinson's Foundation and the Predators Foundation is significant. Brent's Foundation has provided funds to Vanderbilt hospital to support new research that is leading to new treatment methods and will hopefully lead to a cure for this disease. Sean Henry reported that even though last season was a shortened one due to the lockout, the Predators Foundation made over $600,000 in grants to community organizations. This was the largest annual distribution in the history of the foundation.
The medical breakthroughs and the benefit to the community that these Foundations provide is made possible through the generosity of Predators fans, who support their fund raising endeavors.
Our community is fortunate to have these Foundations that time and again have demonstrated their commitment to the betterment of the lives of those that live here.

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