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NHL Star Trades Hockey Stick for a Club to Support the Red Cross
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August 17, 2009

NHL Star Trades Hockey Stick for a Club to Support the Red Cross

Blue Jackets TV Color Analyst, Bill Davidge, Blue Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore, Kevin Hill, Client Executive, Public Sector at IBM and ARC of Greater Columbus board member, Michael Carroll, CEO ARC of Greater Columbus.  Photo credit:American Red Cross of Greater Columbus

If you were in Columbus, Ohio, on August 10, the Ohio State University golf course was the place to be.  Scores of golfers turned out for the American Red Cross Golf Classic 2009, presented by Progressive Medical, Inc.  Proceeds support the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus.

Mike Commodore of the Columbus Blue Jackets served as this year's Honorary Chair.  At the fundraiser, Commodore played on a team with the Red Cross chapter CEO, a member of the chapter board and Blue Jackets TV Color Analyst, Bill Davidge. 

The Mike Commodore team placed second on the Scarlet course, one of two courses played.  "Apparently Commodore has a great long shot, especially if someone mentions the Blue Jacket's nemesis, the Detroit Red Wings," quipped one Red Crosser.

On the green and at that evening's dinner and awards presentation, Commodore encouraged community support for the Red Cross, signed autographs, posed for pictures and offered an insider's view of the Columbus NHL scene. 

The event was such a success that receipts exceeded the fundraising goal of $240,000, thanks in large part to the efforts of dedicated committee chair, Betsy Blake, and her enthusiastic associates at Safelite AutoGlass. The American Red Cross of Greater Columbus will use the money to serve people in Franklin, Fayette, Madison and Pickaway counties.  Services include disaster relief and preparedness, armed forces emergency communications, international tracing services, CPR and first aid training and water safety instruction.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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