Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Stars & Style

Style Shout Out to the Dallas Stars hockey team and the Dallas Stars Foundation for all of the great contributions they make to Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Stephane Robidas
Now I know that normally you wouldn't put hockey and style together, but this particular organization truly does everything with style!  

The Dallas Stars Foundation was established officially in 1998 to serve as a positive force in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  The Foundation's focus is to provide support to the children of the community so that they may lead quality lives and develop into contributing members of society.  

This Winter the Dallas Stars Foundation held a "golden puck" fundraiser.  During select home games player-signed pucks, beautifully wrapped in red, green or gold decorative foil were on display.  For a $30 donation to the Stars Foundation, fans picked a puck hoping that as they removed the decorative foil the signature would be "gold" because a "gold" signature meant an invitation to a Stars practice and a meet n greet with the player.  

Brenden Morrow & Goalie Kari Lehtonen
Now, my daughter has a few hobbies she is really passionate about and they include piano, singing, sketching fashion, tennis and hockey...not playing it, but watching it.  And not watching any hockey, it can only be Stars hockey.  So when the puck promotion launched this season she was determined to pick a "golden" puck even volunteering some of her birthday money to pick extra pucks!

My husband and I did sit down with her to explain that the probability of picking a "golden" puck was slim but that since all of the money goes to a worthwhile cause it is a win-win situation. We wanted to set a realistic expectation as we have heard stories of long-time season ticket holders never picking one of the sought after "golden" pucks.  She said that there was more than one "golden" and she was going to get one!

Trevor Daley signing Stars Jersey
Maybe kids have a sixth sense about things because on the one occasion that we only had two tickets for a game I got a call from my hubby and it was my daughter screaming, "I picked a golden puck Mommy, we're meeting Trevor Daley."

So, thanks to my daughter, we had the ultimate Stars experience. After watching practice, we thoroughly enjoyed meeting Trevor Daley whose puck she picked.  Trevor was so personable and down to earth!  He took the time to answer our daughter's questions and sign her Stars jersey, hockey stick and Daley cards with a trusted Sharpie.  He didn't have to spend as much time chatting with her as he did, so we really appreciated it!

Captain Brenden Morrow 
It was an added bonus that Stephane Robidas, Steve Ott, Brad Richards, and the Captain Brenden Morrow all took time to chat with my 8 year old.  Again, they didn't have to, but they did.  I was especially impressed by Brenden Morrow who made it a point to walk over to where we were standing to say hello.  He offered to sign my daughter's jersey which just happens to be a "Morrow" #10! She has been cheering for him since she was 2 years old and I am sure she will continue to cheer for him until the day he retires.  He was gracious, personable and humble for someone who will one day be known as a legend on the ice but is known to us as "Hal"!

Steve Ott on the Ice
I must admit that this experience not only left a huge impression on my daughter, but also on my hubby and me.  

So thank you Dallas Stars for having integrity and class...Stars and Style and hopefully this year another Stanley Cup!

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