By David Purdum
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
DULUTH, Ga. – Jim Hall, director of community relations for the Gwinnett Gladiators, is proud of the team’s success on and off the ice. A large part of the off-ice aspect will be on display during Saturday’s second annual Gladiators for Kids Night at Gwinnett Arena.
Hall said the Gladiators will present 25 local youth organizations with checks totaling $27,000 during the first intermission of the game against Florida. Last year’s event raised $15,000.
Hall attributes the 80 percent increase to a number of things but singled out March’s jersey auction as one of the biggest fund-raisers of the year. This year’s jersey auction will be March 11 and 12.
“We’re proud we’re able to do it, proud of the players and proud of the youth in this community,” Hall said.
The Gladiators raised the money through a series of events last year.
The organizations, which include schools, athletics associations, social-work foundations and foster homes, were selected for their work focusing on children.
“It’s important to us to be a part of this community,” Hall said. “We are determined to help in any way we can in the well-being and education of children in this area.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about Gladiators for Kids Night can contact Hall at 770-497-5109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.