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Buffalo Stars Hockey Opens This Weekend with 'Salute to American Troops'

(Cheektowaga, NY) – Representatives of three branches of the United States Military will be present, including color guards, as the Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey Club opens its 2010-11 season with its traditional “Salute to American Troops” weekend, September 10 through 12.

On Saturday, September 11, recruiters from the Army, Navy & Marines will host information stations in the main lobby of Holiday Twin Rinks, 3465 Broadway in Cheektowaga, at the invitation of the Stars organization.  In addition, the Army will provide a color guard for a pre-game ceremony at 4pm, while the Marines will provide a similar color guard for a similar ceremony at approximately 7pm.

Recognizing that the opening ceremonies fall on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Stars will include a remembrance of the victims as part of their pre-game ceremonies.

Transplant Miracles Foundation's Treasure Island Picnic to Support Organ Transplant & Research

The Transplant Miracles Foundation is asking the community to come out in support of organ transplant and research at the 3rd annual Treasure Island Family Picnic – or else have to walk the plank! The yearly fundraising event is Saturday, September 18 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the West Side Rowing Club and Frank Lloyd Wright Rowing Boathouse.

Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per family and include food, drinks, raffles, games, music and fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the event support organ transplant and surgical research, the treatment and care of transplant recipients and to promote organ donation.

Blue Light Refreshment Duo Makes Labor Day Weekend Visit to Buffalo

The Blue Light Refreshment Duo will soon leave Refreshment Headquarters for their next mission: Buffalo, New York, hometown of Labatt USA. They’re prepared and ready to visit Buffalo’s most popular downtown destinations on their way to the Buffalo Wing Festival on Saturday, September 4 and Sunday, September 5.

Fans of the famous pair will have a chance to meet the Duo in-person at the Wing Festival, where they will set up their satellite headquarters near the Blue Light Tent.

 Details of their trip plans will be revealed at www.facebook.com/LabattBlueLight over the next week.

“Our Buffalo fans have been asking us to come for a visit,” said the Duo. “As the guardians of refreshment and protectors of good times, we plan on making sure that everyone at the Buffalo Wing Festival has a great time.”

Buffalo Stars Preseason In Full Stride (video) / Gift Card Collection To Benefit Military Families

The Buffalo Stars are offering free tickets to our Opening Night Doubleheader on Saturday, September 11, 2010, as part of our “Salute to the American Troops” and 9/11 Remembrance Weekend.

As part of this weekend we are collecting Gift Cards to benefit the National Guard 107th Family Support Group.  We will offer 40 FREE Opening Night Passes to any person or team that can generate $100 worth of gift cards.

Our goal is $5000 in value of gift cards.  Please consider gift cards including grocery cards, department store gift cards and others that will directly benefit local families whose loved ones are taking time away from their families and jobs to answer their nation’s call.


Here is the schedule for Saturday, September 11th. 

(Both games at Holiday Twin Rinks, 3645 Broadway, Cheektowaga):

Continental Hockey Association Junior B League

Buffalo Stars vs. New England Huskies

Buffalo City Mission Receives Major Cost Saving Upgrade

New York State Sen. Antoine Thompson and representatives from Solar Liberty and the Buffalo City Mission “flipped the switch” today on a new solar energy system that provides a valuable source of electricity for the area’s largest homeless shelter.

The 204-panel rooftop system is expected to produce 53,600 kWh of electricity per year, approximately 16 percent of the building’s electrical usage. At current electrical rates, the system will save the Mission an estimated $6,700 in utility costs in its first year and is expected to increase each year if energy prices rise.

“Aside from the immediate cost savings, the City Mission is now a much greener building,” said Solar Liberty CEO Adam Rizzo.

Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey Collecting Gift Cards for Local Military Families

The Buffalo Stars Junior Hockey organization, a college-prep level program based at Holiday Twin Rinks, is challenging Western New York’s youth hockey associations to collect gift cards to benefit the New York Air National Guard 107th Airlift Wing's Family Readiness Group.

This gift card drive is part of the Stars' upcoming “Salute to American Troops” ceremony, which takes place during the hockey club’s season opener on Saturday, September 11 at Holiday Twin Rinks.  (Further details about the schedule and team are available at www.buffalostars.com