(Photo Credit: Boston Bruins Foundation)
The Boston Bruins “served up” quite the successful charity event in mid-January to kick-start what will undoubtedly be another milestone year of community service and fundraising in 2020.
The third annual Pucks & Paddles event to benefit the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center raised $125,000 after all was said and done, with B’s players partnering up with fans, broadcasters and community members for a competitive single-elimination table tennis (aka ping pong) tournament.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 18, 2020
Patrice Bergeron “captained” the always entertaining event with 98.5 The Sports Hub co-sponsoring all the fundraising fun and festivities. Here’s the description from the official Pucks & Paddles page:
“Fans [had] the opportunity to bid for their chance to play ping pong with their favorite Bruins player. The tournament commenced with two select players playing ping pong against two patients from Floating Hospital for Children, followed by a single elimination tournament featuring the players, on air talent and bidders. The rounds advanced to a championship game featuring the final two teams, with a winning tandem being crowned the ping pong fest champions. In addition, the four best Bruins ping pong players participated in a separate informal singles competition to demonstrate their talents to the crowd.”
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 17, 2020
Bruins prospect Anton Blidh and his partner were crowned “the champions of the event” according to the B’s website, where more than a dozen friendly photos of ping pong prowess and table tennis tenacity are on display.
Thanks to the T&R faithful for another amazing Pucks and Paddles with the Bruins. Thanks to you, the event raised a whopping $125,000 for the Tufts Floating Hospital for Children! More proof that Patrice is a Saint walking among us. #SteakAndEggs #Bruins pic.twitter.com/V43bj4jnyg
— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) January 18, 2020
If you’re wondering how that “whopping $125,000” will benefit local children and families, look no further than this description from the Boston Bruins Foundation:
“Patients from Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center are invited to participate in the tournament and proceeds raised from the annual event benefit the hospital and the Boston Bruins Foundation. In 2019, Pucks and Paddles raised a grand total of $120,000. Portions of the money raised goes toward providing extraordinary care and exceptional comfort when families need it most. Floating Hospital for Children knows that helping kids requires cutting-edge research, state of the art facilities, and caregivers who treat all children as if they are their own.”
This company was started with Heather game day superstition and small business is tough, but hanging out with Bruins fans today was a lot of fun. Thanks @NHLBruins and @Toucherandrich for having us again for Pucks and Paddles pic.twitter.com/OAsdQjrvap
— Top Shelf Cookies (@topshelfcookies) January 18, 2020
YALL PUCKS N PADDLES WAS UNREAL! Brandon Carlo actually recognized me from when I met him at the ProShop in October and oh my god he’s so nice that was INCREDIBLE. WHAT A DAY. #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/IvJzyXwmMM
— That Bruins Kid (@bruinsfan3725) January 17, 2020
As expected, the event was a “hit” for area families, fans and local businesses — all benefiting from the B’s consistent commitment to community that will continue to resonate… from pucks to paddles!