ALBANY, NY – For the second-consecutive season, the Albany Devils will be working with Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings to provide needy children with winter apparel. This year’s initiative is being dubbed “Mayor’s Cash For Coats” and will begin Friday at Times Union Center when the Devils host the Adirondack Phantoms at 7 pm.
Ticket holders are encouraged to make any cash donation which will go towards purchasing winter apparel.
The drive began Tuesday at City Hall with Mayor Jennings, Albany Devils CEO Christopher Ciceri and representatives from B. Lodge and Company Department Store, and Burke Companies. Additional partners include the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), Trustco Bank, Albany Broadcasting, Capitalize Albany, NYSUT, the Albany City School District and Men’s Room Barbershop.
“From our hearts, we care about the community,” Ciceri said during Tuesday’s press conference. “When I met Mayor Jennings, I know he is an ex-principal, one thing was very evident when you talked to the Mayor and that’s his commitment to children. We at the Devils organization care about children equally.”
Last season, the Mayor’s coat drive, which began at a Devils game, resulted in more than 4,000 winter clothes items, including 600 coats to Albany elementary school children.
“When Bob [Van Amburgh], the Mayor and I got together we talked about could we use the Albany Devils and have this hockey game be the medium where people can come and donate money for coats,” Ciceri said. “As the Mayor said, we were very successful last year. We have some of the most generous fans associated with the Albany Devils and our goal this year is to beat that record.”
Fans can take advantage of the “Deuces Wild” ticket package for Friday night’s game. For $35, the bundle includes two tickets, two Albany Devils hats, two popcorns, two sodas and two ticket vouchers to the Nov. 12 or Nov. 24 games.