Erie, Pennsylvania – Donating over 1100 tickets wasn’t the only goodwill done in the community by the Erie Otters on Military Appreciation Night (pres. by UPMC & Plyler Entry Systems). On Saturday, November 13 the Otters and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania teamed up for a food drive and fundraiser at the Erie Insurance Arena, with the Second Harvest truck parked at the arena, and fans encouraged to get involved by donating food items and monetary donations to the organization.
Through the night’s efforts, the Otters organization and fans were able to do serious good for those in need in NWPA – donating 171 pounds of food, and fundraising for over 1400 meals to be provided for the less-fortunate this holiday season. Otters Group Sales Manager RJ Niedzwiecki coordinated the efforts between the Otters and Second Harvest.
“We enjoy working each season with the Second Harvest Food Bank’s food drive to help families in need – especially during the Holidays.” said Niedzwiecki. “This season, we were able to partner with Second Harvest’s Military Share program to donate meals that benefit military members in our community.”
Second Harvest’s Marketing & Media Coordinator Natalie Massing joined the Otters Radio Network during the second intermission of Saturday Night’s game to talk about the efforts of the Food Bank, Second Harvest’s work in the community, and how people can get involved.
“The Erie Otters Military Night with Second Harvest was a spectacular event. Over 4900 were in attendance, 171 pounds of food collected and $237 in donations. This will help provide meals for many families who are facing some of the hardest times of their lives, especially during the holiday season.” said Massing “If you would like to get involved in sharing your time, talent, and treasures with Second Harvest, please visit our website at: www.nwpafoodbank.org for more information. We are overwhelmed with gratitude to the Otters staff and our military for such a tremendous evening of great hockey and giving.”
The Erie Otters are proud to be a committed part of the betterment of the Erie Community and NWPA. Join the team’s next philanthropic effort on Saturday, November 27 for the annual Teddy Bear Toss night. After the Otters’ first goal of the night, fans are encouraged to throw teddy bears and stuffed animals onto the ice – as many as they can! Bears will be collected, cleaned, and donated to the Salvation Army to provide a stuffed animal for a local child in the Erie Community during the holiday season.