May 5, 2016
$60,000 Raised at First Annual Claddagh Fund Celebrity Hockey Tournament Powered by TRUE Hockey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Memphis, TN –TRUE Hockey is proud to announce that the First Annual Claddagh Fund Celebrity Hockey Tournament raised $60,000 for the Claddagh Fund, a charitable organization founded by Ken Casey, the frontman for New Englandbased Irish rock band sensation, the Dropkick Murphys. The Claddagh Fund was formed in 2009 with the mission to raise money for the most underfunded non-profits that support vulnerable populations in communities throughout the United States.
TRUE Hockey was the title sponsor of the event which was held on April 30, 2016 at the Breakaway Ice Center in Tewksbury, Mass. and included such celebrity attendees as NHL Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr, Ken Casey, Bruinsalumni Bob Sweeney, boxing legend “Irish” Micky Ward, Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask and Bruins alumni and NHL Hall-of-Famer Brian Leetch.
“Our supporters and fans have been asking us for years to add a hockey tournament to our Claddagh Fund fundraisers and we were really excited that TRUE Hockey stepped up as our presenting sponsor to turn the idea into a reality”, Dropkick Murphys and Claddagh Fund founder Ken Casey said. “We are ever thankful to our sponsors, players and celebrity friends for their generosity and enthusiasm which truly made this tournament an incredible success!”
Based on the success of this year’s tournament, the Dropkick Murphys, the Claddagh Fund and TRUE Hockey plan to make it an annual event.
“The response and money raised at our first ever Claddagh Fund Celebrity Hockey Tournament has been truly overwhelming”, Dave McNally, TRUE Hockey’s marketing and business development manager said. “We look forward to making next year’s event even bigger, with more teams, an even greater player experience which will include expanding into other age groups and skill levels. Our ultimate goal is to make this tournament a large-scale, multi-complex premier hockey event that will become a major fundraising initiative for the Claddagh Fund to benefit underfunded non-profits throughout the United States for years to come.”
Dates for the 2017 Claddagh Fund Celebrity Hockey Tournament will be announced in the coming months on the Claddagh Fund website.