Cleveland Monsters Community Highlights: December
The Cleveland Monsters Season of Giving was in full swing this past month as the team worked to make the holidays brighter throughout the Cleveland Area! There are also some exciting events including two jersey auctions coming up. 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.
Chuck-a-Bear encouraged fans to bring stuffed toys on December 16th to toss on the ice after the first Monsters goal. Kent State’s Kappa Sigma Fraternity helped collect and deliver 2,501 stuffed animals to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies.
Toy Drive presented by Step2
The Cavaliers and Monsters asked fans to bring new, unwrapped toys to Quicken Loans Arena this past December to help make the holiday season special for children in our community as they hosted their annual Toy Drive, presented by Step2. The drive collected 1,459 toys that were distributed to non-profit organizations throughout Northeast Ohio that work with underserved children.
Sifers Seats for Soldiers presented by Ohio Lottery
12 soldiers were treated to a Monsters game throughout the month of December as part of Sifers’ Seats for Soldiers presented by the Ohio Lottery. Assistant Captain Jaime Sifers met with all of these local heroes after the game to thank them for their service. To learn more about this program click HERE.
On December 3rd Dairian and his family got to go to the Monsters game as part of the Craig’s Kids program. Dairian got a game stick from Ryan Craig with a personalized message from the captain. The Monsters worked with the Special Wish Foundation to give the family a special night filled with food, fun, and of course… hockey!
The Monsters players, coaches, and front office staff purchased gifts for 4 families in need selected by OhioGuidestone this holiday season. Special thanks to the Monsters Better Halves for their assistance with Adopt-a-Family, including shopping, wrapping, and delivering gifts. To find out more information about how OhioGuidestone supports Northeast Ohio families in need, visit www.ohioguidestone.org.
Phil Simon Dressing Room & Memorial Fund
On Friday, December 16th, the Monsters honored the late Phil Simon with the dedication of the Phil Simon Locker Room at Quicken Loans Arena. Captain Ryan Craig met with members of the Simon family before the game for the dedication and presented them with Phil’s Calder Cup Championship ring as a commemorative plaque was installed directly outside the Monsters Locker Room, which forever be a reminder of Phil’s legacy and impact on hockey in Cleveland.
During the 1st period, Simon’s family members were on hand for a special check presentation ceremony to the Halloran Park Skating & Hockey program in Cleveland. $10,000 was granted from the Phil Simon Memorial Fund, a branch of the Monsters Community Fund, to Halloran Park to help with operating costs and improvements. The money will help keep Halloran Park’s ice rink open this winter, by fixing a cooling tower needed to make the ice. Halloran Park provides children in the city of Cleveland access to free hockey and skating programs. Members of the Halloran Park hockey program were at the game to receive the check.
Robert Gibson Receives Championship Ring
Also on December 16th, 5-year old Robert Gibson, who through the Special Wish Foundation was signed last season to a one-day contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Cleveland Monsters, was surprised with his very own Monsters Calder Cup Championship Ring! "We are so grateful and proud to be working with the Cleveland Monsters. When they heard about Rob's wish to be a ‘Monster,’ the entire organization really stepped up and took his wish to an entire new level," said Jason Beudert, co-founder of the Cleveland Chapter of the A Special Wish Foundation.
St. Herman’s House of Hospitality
The Monsters staff spent the afternoon of December 14th volunteering at the St. Herman’s House of Hospitality on Cleveland’s Near West Side, helping to serve meals. St. Herman’s is a charitable organization committed to serving those in need, providing shelter, job services, clothing, and more.
You Can Play Night/Monsters White Blue Jackets Night Alternate Jersey Auction
The white jerseys worn by the Monsters on Blue Jackets Nights during the first half of the season will be auctioned off at the game on January 20th on You Can Play Night. A portion of the jerseys will be auctioned off via silent & blind auctions at the Monsters Community Fund table. Others will be auctioned off live postgame from Section 128 in the arena bowl. A select few will be available in a special online auction starting Thursday, February 19th on clevelandmonsters.com.
For more information about the You Can Play Project and it’s message of inclusion, visit www.youcanplayproject.org.
Cleveland Indians Tribute Night presented by Car Parts Warehouse, Specialty Jersey Auction
The Monsters pay tribute to the 2016 American League Champion Cleveland Indians on Saturday, January 28th with Cleveland Indians Tribute Night presented by Car Parts Warehouse! Specialty Indians-themed jerseys will be worn during the game and auctioned off that night. A portion of the jerseys will be auctioned off via silent & blind auctions at the Monsters Community Fund table. Others will be auctioned off live postgame from Section 128 in the arena bowl. A select few will be available in a special online auction starting Friday, January 27th on clevelandmonsters.com.