Flyers Alumni to Receive Shining Star Lifetime Achievement Award
The Flyers Alumni are honored to have been selected to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the seventh annual Shining Star Awards on Jan. 11, 2017 hosted Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia.
All proceeds from the awards gala dinner at Vie (N. Broad Street in Philly) will benefit March of Dimes. Current Flyers assistant captain Wayne Simmonds will also be on hand to present an award to Hayden Kelly of Harrisburg.
Those attending the Shining Star Awards gala will have the opportunity to meet the honorees and bid on sports and entertainment packages, autographed memorabilia, hotel packages and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as the Shining Star Package (four VIP tickets to the Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, 76ers and Union, a behind-the-scenes experience and autographed team jerseys).
Eight local children, representing the urgent needs of the March of Dimes mission statement, will be presented with Shining Star awards by players representing each of the aforementioned local franchises.
"It goes without saying that this a huge honor for us that we are humbled to accept," said Flyers Alumni Association president Brad Marsh. "That's especially true because this event supports the work of the March of Dimes; a charity we hold in the highest respect and have had worked with among the causes our Assocation has helped to support."
Founded in 1984 as the Philadelphia Legends, the non-profit Flyers Alumni Association has raised approximately $14 million for a variety of charitable, civic, educational and other worthy causes that directly benefit those in need throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
The Alumni's fundraising goals are accomplished through a variety of events, including the annual Alumni Golf Invitational and Fantasy Hockey Camp and via benefit hockey games involving the Flyers Alumni Team. Additionally, members of the Flyers Alumni Association annually volunteer their time for community outreach programs and are regular attendees at school programs and civic events.
In 2016, the Flyers Alumni announced a new initiative to honor the late Ed Snider by building a new community ice rink. Working together with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, the Alumni pledged to raise $2 million toward the construction and completion of what will be called the Edward M. Snider Ice Rink.