Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, today announced that activities associated with the team’s Sixth Annual THON Fundraiser have been re-scheduled to Wednesday, February 3 (@ 7:00 pm) when the Royals will face the Manchester Monarchs at Santander Arena in Reading.
Please note that Saturday’s game at Santander Arena against the Brampton Beast (@ 7:00 pm) is still set to be played that night as originally scheduled. Saturday’s game has NOT been postponed as of this time. Additionally, as originally planned, on Saturday the Royals will induct the organization’s former general manager Gordon Kaye into the team’s Wall of Honor. Also, the Zooperstars are still scheduled to appear and perform.
Please note that the Royals will wear the special jerseys designed for the THON game during the matchup against the Manchester Monarchs on Wednesday, February 3. However, fans can begin bidding on those jerseys starting Monday, February 1, through the Royals’ on-line auction house: royals.myab.co, or by texting “ROYALS” to 52182.
Fans who currently have tickets for Saturday’s game and would prefer to attend the game against the Monarchs on Wednesday, February 3, during which the THON events will be held, can simply contact the Royals office (610-898-7825) to conduct an appropriate ticket exchange.
“Unfortunately, this is one of the things can arise over the course of managing the schedule of events in a winter sport,” said Royals’ Team President Drew Bell. “As with everyone else in our region, we’re unsure of the magnitude of the impending winter storm this weekend, and we simply want to make the best decision possible for the safety of our fans and the fund-raising effort for THON. Of course, there is a basic tenet in pro hockey that a game will proceed as scheduled, provided the visiting team and officials are able to make the game. But, we want encourage our fans to make the appropriate decision for their own safety and well-being. The Royals’ organization will ensure that all tickets for Saturday’s game are honored in an appropriate manner.”
INFORMATION ON THON
In 1973, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held the first Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, which has become affectionately referred to as THON. The 1973 event featured 39 dance couples who raised around $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has over 15,000 student volunteers, OVER 700 dancers, and has since its inception raised more than $125 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
During the organization’s almost forty-year history, THON has evolved into a year-long effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. With the support of students and supporters from all across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and PSU Alumni around the world, THON continues to make great strides towards assisting in the effort to find a cure for all childhood cancers.
NEXT UP FOR THE ROYALS
The Royals return to action on Friday (January 22 @ 7 pm) when the team will host the Brampton Beast in the first of two consecutive at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. On Friday, the Royals will honor the team’s affiliation with the Flyers with a guest appearance from Flyers legend, Bernie Parent. Recording artist, Lauren Hart, who performs the National Anthem for the Flyers’ home games at Wells Fargo Center, will sing the National Anthem. Friday’s matchup can be heard live on CBS SportsRadio 1240 am and 98.5 in Reading, Pennsylvania, starting with the pre-game warm-up show presented by Highmark Blue Shield at 6:30 pm Eastern Time. Streaming audio is available free of charge on the Royals’ website (follow the ‘headset’ icon); and streaming video is available on a pay-per-view basis through ECHL.TV.
For more information about the Royals, call 610-898-7825 or log onto www.royalshockey.com.
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