Sens host eighth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night

Thanks to the generosity of the team’s sponsors, employees, and fans, more than 3,330 Canadian Forces members and their families attended Saturday’s game.

Thanks to the generosity of the team’s sponsors, employees, and fans, more than 3,330 Canadian Forces members and their families attended Saturday’s game.
It was the eight consecutive season since Eugene Melnyk became owner of the club that the team has hosted a Canadian Forces Appreciation Night.
Corporate supporters provided more than 2,800 tickets, while another 500 came from employees and the Tickets for Troops campaign.
“It is a special evening for all of us at the Senators, when we can dedicate a home game to pay tribute to our special friends of the Canadian Forces,” Melnyk said in a statement.
Gen. Walter Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, said he was astounded by the generosity of all those who donated tickets.
“I really want to thank all the folks who make these games a reality and, just as importantly, all those who will come out to see the game to show support for their Canadian Forces, Canada’s home team,” he said.
Before the game, Danielle Robinson, president of the Sens Foundation, presented Natynczyk and Robert Gillett, president of Algonquin College, with a $50,000 cheque for Military Families Fund.
The endowment fund enables Canadian Forces members and military family members to attend one of the three Algonquin College campuses in Ontario. In partnership with the corporate supporters of the appreciation night and the Province of Ontario, the Sens Foundation has raised $666,366 for the Sens Foundation/Military Families Fund Endowment, enabling the fund to award 56 bursaries.
As part of the festivities, fans received Canadian flags on their way into Scotiabank Place and the Senators wore camouflage warm-up sweaters.
Those sweaters will later be auctioned through www.meigray.com, with proceeds being donated to the Military Family Fund.
Also, Lyndon Slewidge got bumped from his usual anthem duties in favour of Capt. Martin Teft.

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