Monday, the New York Islanders held an open skate to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Local residents, families, hockey teams and fans of all different NHL teams funneled into the Nassau Coliseum for the first time since the Draft Party with donations in tote, for the opportunity to give to a great cause and to enjoy a skate on the Coliseum Ice.
Island Harvest and the American Red Cross were on hand to accept donations in the down stairs lobby. Contributions included everything from non-perishables, clothing, blankets, water, diapers, baby formula, shoes, boots and monetary donations. Even the Coliseums concessionaire SAVOR contributed 100% of their proceeds from concessions to the Red Cross.
All attendees were welcomed to the event with free skate rentals provided by the Islanders. Once inside the arena the Ice Tour had inflatable games and slides for families to enjoy, in addition to the free skate on the Coliseum Ice featuring the NY Islanders Ice Girls, mascot Sparky The Dragon, coaches Jack Capuano and Doug Weight as well as GM Garth Snow.
The event lasted 6 hours and provided Long Islanders a much needed venue to donate to help those impacted by the storm, and a way to get away from the widespread damage and electrical outages. By the conclusion of the event over 2,000 people had attended the event and more 5+ box trucks were filled completely.
For people who would like to donate to Long Islanders impacted by the Hurricane Sday please visit www.islandharvest.org or www.redcross.org.