The Monsters are proud to call Cleveland home and are always looking to positively impact the community in Northeast Ohio. Community Initiatives for the 2016-17 season are already in full swing! Find out what the Monsters were up to in October and November and see what will be happening in December in the Cleveland Monsters Community Highlights.
Sifers’ Seats for Soldiers and Craig’s Kids
At Friday and Saturday Cleveland Monsters home games, Captain Ryan Craig and Assistant Captain Jaime Sifers host some very special guests at The Q.
Craig’s Kids is a program that works with both the Make-A-Wish Foundation and A Special Wish Foundation to give deserving families a special Saturday evening out at a Monsters game. With the support of the Monsters Community Fund, Craig donates seats, parking, concessions, and Monsters gear to give the family a memorable experience at no cost. Following the game, Ryan Craig meets with the family, while giving the Craig’s Kids a tour of the Monsters locker room.
Similarly, Sifers’ Seats for Soldiers hosts a Military family out for a game each Friday home game, courtesy of Monsters defenseman Jaime Sifers and the Monsters Community Fund. Giving back to those who serve and have served is something that Sifers feels deeply about. “These are the men and women that protect us on a daily basis and allow us the ability to do what we do every day and we can’t thank them enough,” he stated after the Veterans Day Tribute game on November 11th. Following the game, Jaime Sifers meets with the military families and shows them around the Monsters locker room. The Monsters are proud to partner with the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Ohio Military Family Connection to provide this experience to our local heroes.
Hockey players have been known to sport some pretty impressive mustaches, but during the month of Movember those ‘staches had a little extra meaning. The Movember Foundation is a charity dedicated to Men’s Health awareness and prevention with a focus on issues like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. 10 Cleveland Monsters players, John Ramage, Brad Thiessen, Daniel Zaar, Justin Scott, Dean Kukan, Oleg Yevenko, Paul Bittner, Jacob Graves, Alex Broadhurst, Nick Moutrey, and the voice of the Monsters Tony Brown, committed their upper lip to help change the face of men's health by growing a moustache. Check out their ‘staches HERE.
This cause also has special meaning to Monsters C Alex Broadhurst, who has seen the impact of men’s health issues in his own family. “My grandfather suffers from prostate issues so I’m definitely happy to be a part of it. Hopefully we raise a lot of money and find a way to help others.” Broadhurst said.
The Cleveland Monsters Movember team together raised over $7,400 and was one of the top 180 Movember teams in the entire country!
SockTober and Bedding Drive
Did you know that socks are one of the most requested but rarely donated items at homeless shelters? After finding this out, RAKE (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere) and Kid President partnered to launch SockTober, a sock drive during the month of October. The Cleveland Monsters took part in this drive at their October 27th and 28th games, and with the help of generous Monsters fans, over 1,500 pairs of socks were collected for local homeless shelters.
Monsters fans also came out in full force for the Ohio Guidstone #GivingTuesday bedding and pajama drive. Over 250 individual items were collected on November 19th at Quicken Loans Arena. Additionally, $5 for each item donated was given to Ohio Guidestone from the Monsters Community Fund, enabling the Monsters Community Fund to donate $1,260 to Ohio Guidestone’s #GivingTuesday campaign to keep families warm this winter.
Veteran’s Day Tribute
New for the 2016-17 season are Cleveland Monsters specialty warm-up jerseys, the first of which was the Monsters Veteran’s Day Tribute jersey on November 11. The proceeds from the online auction for Jaime Sifers’ jersey went towards the Paralyzed Veterans of America, as did a portion of the sales from the Monsters Team Shop on November 11.
Please refer to the Monsters promotional schedule HERE for a list of future jersey auctions and community theme nights.
The Monsters are excited to once again partner with the Cleveland Rockin’ Wildcats for their annual Monsters Buddies program. The program pairs a local special needs hockey team with their Monsters counterparts, through a series of social events. Many of the players and their buddies stay in contact throughout the year and form friendships and mentorships. The first Monsters Buddies event of the year was held at Dave & Buster’s in Westlake.
Upcoming Monsters Community Initiatives:
Monsters Season of Giving
From Thanksgiving through the New Year, the Cleveland Monsters are celebrating the Season of Giving, a series of charitable visits and events designed to help feed the hungry, lift the spirits of ailing children and spread holiday cheer to the underserved.
Cavs & Monsters Toy Drive presented by Step 2
The Cavaliers and Monsters will make it a special holiday season for children in our community by hosting their annual Toy Drive, presented by Step2. Fans are asked to participate in the Toy Drive by bringing new, unwrapped toys to Quicken Loans Arena. Collection bins will be set up at the entrances of The Q for all Cavs and Monsters home games between now and Friday, December 16th. All donated toys will then be distributed to non-profit organizations throughout Northeast Ohio that work with underserved children.
Chuck-a-Bear returns to The Q on December 16th as the Monsters take on the Iowa Wild at 7pm. Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed toys to the game and toss them on the ice following the Monsters first goal of the game. Stuffed toys will be collected and donated to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies.
Last year 1,452 stuffed toys were chucked onto the ice. Help us break this record on December 16th at The Q!
Thank you Monsters fans for your support of the Monsters Community Fund, and for enabling us to make an impact on our community!
For more information on the Monsters Community Fund, including donation inquiries, click HERE.