Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Smashville Celebrates at Gnashvegas

The Nashville Predators Foundation is an integral part of the Predators organization and a dynamic contributor to the well being of our community. In 2013, the Foundation made gifts to charitable enterprises in Middle Tennessee totaling over $400,000, the largest annual gift that the Foundation has made in its history.

The ability of the Foundation to support so many good works is made possible by the support of Predators fans who purchase auction items and attend the various fund raising events.

One of the premier events is Gnashvegas, a casino night that allows the citizens of Smashville to mingle with the players and coaches and bid on numerous silent auction items while enjoying fine food from various Nashville restaurants.

Gnashvegas was held this past Tuesday night, and here are some pictures from the event.

Players gather around one of the gaming tables at the start of the event. All players wore special jerseys that they autographed and were auctioned off in a silent auction.

The Predators media personalities were in attendance as well. Here are Paul and Denise McCann and Claudia and Pete Weber with one of the guests.

Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber at one of the poker tables.

Predators Executive Vice President Chris Parker with David Legwand.

There were auction items for every interest, from trips, to spa packages and autographed sports memorabilia.

Coach Phil Housley and Head Coach Barry Trotz visit with some of the guests.

Even Gnash got in on some of the action at the tables.

One of the more interesting auction items was a replica statue of Jack Daniels that was autographed by the team.

The casino night even had young ladies selling cigars.

Simon Moser and Devan Dubnyk playing poker with some of the guests.
This sweet ride, a 2014 Maserati, could be had for the nominal price of $135,000.

Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling, and Roman Josi play poker with some of the guests.
This was a fun night that allowed the fans to interact with the players and coaches in a great environment. More importantly, it raised funds for the continued good works of the Foundation.
A complete list of organizations that received grants from the Foundation can be found here.
Thanks to the Predators organization and the Foundation for their support of so many worthwhile organizations.
And thanks to the citizens of Smashville for their support that makes it possible.

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