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The Wolves are much more than Hockey

The Chicago Wolves are more than just hockey. The Wolves recognize those who even allow this great sport to be played.messmer&soldier

On Saturday, February 6, the Chicago Wolves honored current and former servicemen, servicewomen, and their families for their selfless dedication to keep this country free.

“We were uplifted by the responses to our Military Families initiatives,” said Chicago Wolves president Mike Gordon. “Many people who make a practice of avoiding the spotlight graciously accepted the attention they deserve. We want to provide this opportunity while allowing families to enjoy their evening together. Partnering with Sears Home Services, which has an established connection with the military community, is a perfect fit.”

Sears Holdings Corporation employs more than 25,000 veterans and 1,500 active members of the Reserve and National Guard.

WolvesMilitaryJerseysThe Chicago Wolves also put out the opportunity for fans to bid in a silent auction for a personalized Military Appreciation jersey.  The auction starts on Feb. 5 and concludes at 5 p.m. on Feb. 22. The winner gets to select the name on the back of a No. 16 jersey.  Proceeds from the commemorative jerseys will benefit Chicago Wolves Charities, The Heart of a Marine Foundation, 1Fur1 Foundation, Defending the Blue Line and other military-related charities.

A lot of other teams are active in their community, but the Wolves are always showing their appreciation.  At every game, the Wolves bring out a hometown hero (servicemen or servicewomen) onto the ice before the game to be recognized and then stay on the ice for the National Anthem.

TurtlewaxChicagoWolvesAlso, the Wolves have added another night honoring community members.  In the teams regular season finale on April 16, the Wolves and Turtle Wax are on a mission to support first responders and their families via an interactive social media campaign.  If you visit @TurtleWax on twitter and re-tweet its pinned tweet, you can add to the goal of 2,000 re-tweets in which Turtle Wax will donate $25,000 to the 100 Club of Chicago.  So go on twitter and retweet to help out the 100 Club!

Count Chicago Wolves senior executive vice president Wayne Messmer among those who have benefited from first responders’ expertise. When Messmer was shot in the throat during a robbery attempt on Chicago’s near west side in the early morning on April 9, 1994, the Chicago Fire Department’s Henry Hugel and Bill Steiner rushed to his aid.

“Without the incredible work of first responders Bill and Henry, it is possible that I would not be here today,” Messmer said. “The sacrifices made by first responders are invaluable. We’re honored to host them and their families at the arena in April and hope fans, friends and the community will join us in retweeting for this great cause.”

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