Shot on goal Face-off with the Pan­thers to fight pe­di­atric can­cer

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Sun­rise Sports & En­ter­tain­ment re­cently an­nounced the Florida Pan­thers Foun­da­tion will host its first sig­na­ture event of the 2013-14 sea­son. The “Ford Face-Off Gala and Casino Night,” pre­sented by Ul­ti­mate Soft­ware, will take place at the BB&T Cen­ter Oct. 23 from 6 to 10 p.m.

All Florida Pan­thers play­ers, coaches and staff will be on hand for the event fea­tur­ing a cock­tail hour in Club RED fol­lowed by casino-style games on the floor of the arena pro­vided by E Pro­duc­tions, one-of-a-kind silent and live auc­tions along with live mu­sic, food and bev­er­ages through­out the evening. Events by Vento De­signs and Dal­simer & At­las are work­ing to­gether to cre­ate the event.

All pro­ceeds from the event ben­e­fit the Florida Pan­thers Foun­da­tion and its fight against pe­di­atric can­cer.

“The foun­da­tion is ex­tremely ex­cited to host our first pre­mier event for the 2013-14 Pan­thers sea­son,” said Cliff Viner, Pan­thers gen­eral part­ner and foun­da­tion pres­i­dent. “With the com­bi­na­tion of the ‘Ford Face-Off Gala and Casino Night’ pre­sented by Ul­ti­mate Soft­ware, it is cer­tainly go­ing to be a spec­tac­u­lar night full of fun and en­ter­tain­ment for our play­ers, staff and fans alike, and it’s all for such a great cause.”

In ad­di­tion to Ford and Ul­ti­mate Soft­ware, other cor­po­rate spon­sors sup­port­ing the event in­clude the Clif­ford Viner Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, SIDES, The Wasie Foun­da­tion, QEP, Anti­gen Realty LLC, Bobby Resciniti Heal­ing Hearts Foun­da­tion, Green­spoon Marder Foun­da­tion, AdGraph­ics and Coors Light.

“Our en­tire team is hon­ored to at­tend the ‘Ford Face-Off Gala & Casino Night’ pre­sented by Ul­ti­mate Soft­ware and sup­port the Pan­thers Foun­da­tion in the fight against pe­di­atric can­cer,” said de­fense­man Erik Gud­bran­son. “On a per­sonal level, hav­ing seen a fam­ily mem­ber go through this strug­gle, I am hum­bled to rep­re­sent my team­mates and the Pan­thers or­ga­ni­za­tion as we strive to sup­port the South Florida com­mu­nity in the fight against this ter­ri­ble dis­ease.”

The mis­sion of the Florida Pan­thers Foun­da­tion is to build a bet­ter fu­ture for the chil­dren of South Florida. Through phil­an­thropic part­ner­ships, grants, do­na­tions and com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grams, the foun­da­tion main­tains a fo­cus on chil­dren’s health, fit­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and cul­tural needs.

In­di­vid­ual tick­ets are avail­able for $150 and can be pur­chased at www.flori­da­pan­thers­foun­da­tion.org.

Pho­tos by Kara Starzyk

Carri Glick­man, left, Stan­ley C. Pan­ther and Heather Hansen

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