The Texas Stars Foundation is a registered 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the community through various forms of support including financial contributions, gifts in kind and volunteerism. Formed in the summer of 2010, the Texas Stars Foundation is the official charity of the Texas Stars Hockey Club. The Foundation strives to utilize the talents and resources of the Texas Stars players, families, staff and ownership to enrich the greater central Texas area and military children throughout the United States.
· Thanks to the generous support of fans, players, players families and staff the Texas Stars Foundation has distributed over $372,000 during the 2010–2013 seasons in cash donations and gifts in kind to more than 850 charities.
· Texas Stars players have made numerous community appearances at hospitals, schools and local businesses.
· The Texas Stars Foundation continues to support local charities and organizations by distributing approximately $60,000 worth of grants thanks to the fundraising efforts during the 2012-2013 season.
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Thanks to the support of Roger Beasley Imports, an active soldier or veteran was honored at each home game during the regular season. During two Military Appreciation weekends, more than 3,100 tickets were donated to military families in the central Texas area. Special military jerseys were also auctioned. The O.G.C. Foundation donated four American flags that were flown over Iraq and Afghanistan to the Texas Stars Foundation. These flags were also auctioned. Highlights from the Stars and Stripes Military Appreciation weekend include the 752nd EOD Company from Ft. Hood displaying bomb suits and robots for the fans, participating in an intermission bomb suite race and having a bomb robot drop the puck.
The success of the Stars and Stripes weekend carried over into the Camouflage weekend. During two Military Appreciation weekends, more than 3,100 tickets were donated to military families in the Central Texas area.
The Texas Stars once again held Pink in the Rink, but for the first time for two evenings instead of one. Breast Cancer survivors participated in the flag presentation, puck drop ceremonies and fan tunnels. The Foundation auctioned the specialty pink jerseys off of the players’ backs raising $17,500 to donate to the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
The Texas Stars Foundation hosted 3 out of game fundraisers, which have quickly become fan favorites, Bowling with the Stars, Casino Night and the Golf Classic. At all these events fans had the opportunity to mingle with their favorite Texas Stars players as well as help raise funds for the Foundation.
Texas Stars players participated in various appearances throughout the community. The players spent their time visiting hospital patients, reading to school groups and participating in the Science of Hockey program. This program combined hockey with math and physics. Once the students finished their workbooks they received two tickets to a specific Texas Stars game.
Fan favorites, Teddy Bear toss collected approximately 1,000 teddy bears for Operation Blue Santa Austin. With the food donated throughout the season as well as the Food Drive game, the team collected 1500 lbs. of food equaling 1,161 meals.
During games, the Texas Stars Foundation was honored to be able to host smaller drives to help the local community. These drives include, but not limited to, a winter coat drive, holiday toy drive and a school supply drive.
After the devastating fires that spread throughout central Texas in September, The Foundation donated $10,000 to the Austin Disaster Relief Fund/Bastrop Relief to help rebuild the community.
44 lives were lost during a plane crash carrying crew members, hockey personnel, coaches and players of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team. To support grieving families the Texas Stars Foundation sold bracelets raising over $1,500 for the Love for Lokomotiv organization.
The Texas Stars Foundation hosted Pink in the Rink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an evening to raise awareness about breast cancer and funds to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The Texas Stars Foundation sold pink autographed pucks and auctioned the jerseys off of the players’ backs.
During the month of November players and fans grew mustaches for Movember, which raises awareness and funds in the fight against prostate cancer.
The annual Teddy Bear Toss was hosted to benefit local children in need. Texas Stars fans brought new teddy bears to the game and upon the Texas Stars’ first goal, all of the teddy bears were thrown onto the ice. Over 1,700 teddy bears were collected and donated to Operation Blue Santa.
The Texas Stars Foundation partnered with Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD for The Science of Hockey program benefiting local fifth grade classes. Students received two Texas Stars tickets upon completing their workbooks that combined hockey with math and science. Throughout the entire season local educators were honored at each home game. Sweet Leaf Tea partnered with the Texas Stars Foundation to bring Sweet Seats for Teachers. Local teachers were honored with complimentary tickets, parking and Sweet Leaf Tea.
Shortly after the season began, the Texas Stars Foundation teamed up with Cedar Park Regional Medical Center to host Pink in the Rink, a benefit evening to raise awareness and funds to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The evening brought the community together to fight a disease that has affected so many in the hockey family. Pink in the Rink raised more than $10,500 to fight breast cancer in our community.
Cedar Park Police Officer Leonard Reed was killed in a training accident. To honor Reed’s memory and his enduring commitment to the Cedar Park community, the Texas Stars Foundation collaborated with the 100 club of Central Texas to donate $5,000 to the Leonard Reed Memorial Fund. Proceeds from the donation were used to support Reed’s family, including his two young sons.
Thanks to the generous support of Roger Beasley Imports, an active soldier or veteran was honored at each home game during both the regular season and playoff run. During two Military Appreciation evenings, more than 2,000 tickets were donated to military families in the Central Texas area.
Texas Stars players and staff grew mustaches to raise awareness and funds in the fight against prostate cancer. The funds raised were donated to the Movember Foundation and Lance Armstrong Foundation in support of men’s health.
The Texas Stars Foundation raised over $900 and over 100 toys for the Cedar Park Police Department Blue Santa Campaign, which donates toys to underprivileged children.
The Texas Stars Foundation helped raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. With the help of the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center, fans brought stuffed animals for a special teddy bear toss, with all stuffed toys going to the Settlement Home for Children: a treatment center, adoption and foster facility, and group home for abused and neglected children.
At the last home game of the regular season, the Texas Stars Foundation held a silent auction and a pass the hat to raise funds for earthquake relief efforts in Japan. Texas Stars right wing Raymond Sawada, one of the only Japanese pro hockey players in North America, had a leading role in organizing the auction. The evening raised more than $11,000 for the UNICEF Japan Relief Fund. UNICEF guaranteed 100% of donations would be implemented in Japan.
During the entire 2010-11 season the Texas Stars Foundation raised more than $27,000 in support of the construction of a Veterans Memorial in Cedar Park. The park opened up Memorial Day 2011.