PRESENTED BY ELK + ELK
Evening features a host of themed activities, fundraisers, and tributes for active and retired service personnel
COLUMBUS, OH — The Columbus Blue Jackets will salute those who have served or are currently serving in the nation’s armed forces during the club’s annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by Elk + Elk, on Tuesday, April 27 when the club hosts the Detroit Red Wings at Nationwide Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. ET.
The evening will feature special in-game presentations, including the National Anthem being performed by Senior Master Sergeant Eric Rine of the US Air Force Reserve, and a military salute highlighting the story of three generations of the Montgomery family, whose members served from World War II to the Korean War to Operation Desert Storm. The Blue Jackets also will host members of the 121st Air Refueling Crew from Rickenbacker Air Force Base and their families as part of an ongoing relationship with the 121st ARW of the Ohio National Guard to customize a KC 135 Refueler with the Blue Jackets logo.
Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson, on behalf of his foundation, the Force Network Fund, will present the USO Ohio with a donation of $5,013 to help send kids from military families to summer camps through Ohio Operation Military Kids. The night will also include the following.
Item Drive for USO Support Lounges: Before the game, donations of snack items will be accepted by USO volunteers on the Front St. and McConnell Blvd. plazas outside arena entrances. Collected items will be donated to stock USO Support Lounges across Ohio that offer respite for military personnel and their families. Fans can also show support through the fulfillment of an Amazon Wish List. Those who donate prior to 11 p.m. ET on April 28 – both in person and online – will be entered to win one of three CBJ prizes.
Camouflage Jersey Raffle & Auction: Blue Jackets players will wear camouflage-style jerseys during pregame warmups prior to the game. The complete set of authentic worn jerseys will be individually autographed by the respective players with select jerseys up for auction and others available through raffle. Mobile bidding and raffle sales open at 9 a.m. ET on Monday, April 26 and will run through 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 5. Fans can text CBJAUCTION to 76278 or visit cbjauction.givesmart.com to participate and purchase $10 raffle tickets.
Game Sticks Auction: Several sticks wrapped with camouflage tape and used by select players during pregame warmups will be available via the Blue Jackets Foundation’s mobile auction platform on Wednesday, April 28. Fans can text CBJAUCTION to 76278 or visit cbjauction.givesmart.com to participate. Bidding ends at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 5.
Themed T-shirts & Game Pucks: A limited quantity of gray “Honoring All Who Serve” long-sleeve T-shirts, Ohio-themed ¾ length T-shirts, and Military Appreciation Night pucks from that evening’s warmups will be on sale at cbjauction.givesmart.com. T-shirts will be priced at $25 and pucks will be $45.
50/50 Raffle: The Blue Jackets will host a 50/50 Raffle presented by KEMBA Financial Credit Union beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Monday, April 26 and concluding at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 28 with proceeds benefitting the USO Ohio. Tickets may be purchased online at bluejackets.com/5050raffle. Age and local restrictions apply.
For complete information about Military Appreciation Night, presented by Elk + Elk, visit bluejackets.com/militarynight.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Sunday when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. Puck drop from Amalie Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN and may also be heard on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, and online at BlueJackets.com.
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