SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) and San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda) have announced plans to aid victims and families affected by the recent Gilroy tragedy and to honor the first responders who assisted in the care and well-being of the wounded.
Through the Sharks Foundation (@SharksCare), the Sharks organization will provide a $10,000 donation to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) for its immediate response giving, ensuring that victims receive services and support to offset expenses and emotional trauma related to the impact of the incident. Partial net proceeds from the Sharks Fan Fest to be held Sunday, September 22 will also support SVCF.
Additionally, the Sharks Foundation will host “Heroes Appreciation Night” on Monday, January 27 vs. the Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks Foundation will host and honor the first responders who assisted those in need during the Gilroy tragedy. Some first responders will be acknowledged during a special on-ice pregame ceremony and will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. Proceeds from the Sharks Foundation’s 50/50 Raffle presented by Black Oak Casino Resort and in-game auction that night will benefit the Gilroy Foundation to aid them in long-term city projects and future Gilroy Garlic Festivals.
The San Jose Barracuda will wear and make available via auction “Gilroy Strong” branded practice jerseys which will be worn before all home games throughout the month of December (five games). Proceeds from the jersey auction will go to the Sharks Foundation which will allocate the funds to the Gilroy Foundation. Additionally, families of those with lost or injured loved ones will be invited to attend the December 14 Barracuda game at no charge with an additional discounted ticket offer going out to all Gilroy residents, students, and employees.
ABOUT THE SAN JOSE SHARKS FOUNDATION
Established in 1994, the Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in the community with an emphasis in the areas of education, health and safety, and character development. Since inception, the Sharks Foundation has positively impacted the lives of individuals in the community through its contributions to local non-profit organizations. The Sharks Foundation and the San Jose Sharks are committed to being to a good community partner and continuing to make a positive impact through 2040 and beyond.
To learn more about how the Sharks Foundation is helping underserved youth and families in need in the community, visit the Sharks Foundation's website, view the 2017-18 Community Annual Report or connect via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
ABOUT SAN JOSE SHARKS
The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) are the Bay Area’s National Hockey League (NHL) franchise based in San Jose, California. As members of the NHL’s Pacific Division in the Western Conference, the team plays its home games at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks were founded as an expansion team in 1991 and made their NHL debut during the 1991-92 season. To date, the Sharks have won six Pacific Division titles and have made the playoffs in 21 of their first 27 seasons, including 14 of the last 15 years – the most in the NHL during that span.
The Sharks open the 2019-20 regular season against Pacific Division-rival the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, October 2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Sharks return home to SAP Center on Friday, October 4 to take on the Golden Knights in the team’s home opener.
ABOUT THE SAN JOSE BARRACUDA
The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda) are the proud AHL affiliate of the NHL's San Jose Sharks. The Barracuda are entering their fifth season playing in San Jose following the American Hockey League’s creation of the Pacific Division of the AHL. Many players on the Sharks current roster began their journey to the National Hockey League by playing and developing in the AHL including Logan Couture, Brent Burns, Martin Jones, Brenden Dillon, Radim Simek, Timo Meier, Marcus Sorensen, Tim Heed, and Aaron Dell.
The Barracuda open the 2019-20 regular season at the Toyota Arena in Ontario against the Ontario Reign on Friday, Oct. 4. San Jose's home opener is set for October 11 at SAP Center against the San Diego Gulls (7 p.m.).