Military Appreciation Night
Presented by Applebee's
Every year, the Detroit Red Wings host Military Appreciation Night to honor military members on or around Veterans Day around Veterans Day.
The Red Wings hosted the 2014 Military Appreciation Night on Friday, Nov. 7 at Joe Louis Arena as Detroit takes on the New Jersey Devils. Fans attending our 2014 Military Appreciation Night were encouraged to bring:
- Wet wipes (cleaning wipes like Clorox and individual hand wipes like Wet Ones)
- Hygiene items: travel size shampoo and conditioner, bar soap, deodorant, razors, shaving cream (not in an aerosol can), toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
- Socks and t-shirts (must be dark brown or khaki)
- Holiday DVDs and items (i.e. Santa hats and Christmas stockings)
- Laundry detergent and fabric softeners (unscented)
- Chapstick and sunscreen
- Powdered drink mixes and individual packets
- Magazines, books and CDs
- Playing cards
- Disposable cameras
- Hard candy
The Red Wings held their sixth annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by Applebee’s, on Nov. 12 at Joe Louis Arena as the club squared off against the Winnipeg Jets. Volunteers from Blue Star Mothers of America Chapter 180 were on hand to collect care package items and monetary donations at each entrance of Joe Louis Arena prior to the game. All the items collected were included in care packages that were sent out to Michigan military members stationed overseas. Volunteers collected 996 care package items and $1,511 in monetary donations for the cause.
The Red Wings also held a merchandise fire sale with proceeds benefitting the Operation USO Care Package Program. Thanks to the sales of autographed memorabilia, the Wings raised $5,638, which covered the cost of 223 care packages that the USO sent overseas. A ticket incentive program was also designed for Military Appreciation Night designed to give $5 back to the USO from each ticket purchased. The incentive sold 245 tickets for a total of $1,225. The Detroit Red Wings Foundation's 50/50 Raffle Program also brought in $5,154 for Help for Our Disabled Troops, to bring the grand total of money raised for the three military non-profits to $13,577.
In addition to the funds raised, military members in attendance were honored during the game, including guests in the Quicken Loans Budd Lynch Veterans Suite and two additional suites courtesy of Applebee’s. Prior to the game, 50 military veterans and active members on leave plus their guests watched the Red Wings take their morning skate at Joe Louis Arena. The military guests were treated to lunch in the Legends Club and Red Wings alumni Kris Draper, Jiri Fischer and Kirk Maltby greeted the guests at lunch and signed autographs.
Fans in attendance on Military Appreciation Night were also encouraged to sign the “Detroit Red Wings Support Our Troops” banner on the concourse. The banner was signed by the entire 2013-14 Red Wings team and was sent to the 51st Transportation Company, a Michigan-based military unit in Afghanistan. The first 7,500 fans in attendance for Military Appreciation Night were given a special Red Wings military hat with the USO logo on the back. For a full recap of the event, click here.