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Two Red Wings press releases: Wings at ‘Arts, Beats and Eats’ and launching a reading program

I'm more than a little under the weather, thus the lack of posts (sorry), but these two press releases from the Red Wings are noteworthy and, in the case of the first one, invole something you can enjoy this weekend:


… Event Patrons set to Enjoy Interactive Games and Enter-to-Win Raffles …

Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings Experience presented by Coke Zero will be a part of this weekend’s Arts, Beats & Eats Festival – an annual event celebrating the quality of life in Oakland County . Taking place in downtown Royal Oak , this year’s Arts, Beats & Eats Festival will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31, and wrap up at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, September 3. The Red Wings’ mobile entertainment complex will be stationed in the event’s Meijer Kids Zone from 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Members of the Volunteer Energy Red Patrol will be on hand at the 2012 Arts, Beats & Eats Festival, distributing various giveaway items to event patrons. A miniature ball hockey rink will also be erected, while enter-to-win raffles will be held for Red Wings tickets, apparel and memorabilia. Experience visitors will also get the opportunity to test their hockey skills via interactive games such as Top Shot Challenge. The latest edition of EA Sports’ NHL franchise, meanwhile, will be set up for fans to enjoy, as will several photo-opportunity-friendly cutouts.

Further appearances set to be made by the Detroit Red Wings Experience presented by Coke Zero in the coming weeks can be viewed by clicking HERE.

And here's the second presser, which is pretty dang cool:


… Michigan Elementary Students can win Tickets by Reading Select Children’s Books …

Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings announced today a new program – Red Wings for Reading – to encourage Michigan elementary students to read as children head back to school this fall.

To enter, any Michigan elementary student between kindergarten and fifth grade needs to read three select popular children’s books for their respective age group and then have their guardian submit an entry form, which is available at www.DetroitRedWings.com/reading along with official contest rules, confirming that the child read those three books. Each participating student will receive a Red Wings reading fan pack, which includes a limited edition bookmark, a temporary Red Wings tattoo and a personalized certificate congratulating the student on reading all three books.

Students, whose guardians have submitted entries, will have the chance to win two upper bowl tickets to an upcoming regular season game, a pair of meal vouchers and a goody bag with promotional items.

Kindergarten – Second Grade Books:

1.      “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper

2.      “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Suess

3.      “The Magic School Bus” by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

Third – Fifth Grade Books:

1.   “Mr. Popper's Penguins” by Richard Atwater

2.   “Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren
3.   “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl

The Red Wings will invite 50 students from the Michigan elementary school with the most entries each month to attend a team practice at Joe Louis Arena. In addition, a Red Wings special guest will read to a classroom in March at the school with the most overall number of entries between Sept. 1, 2012, and Feb. 1, 2013. If the school with the most cumulative entries is more than 30 minutes away from Joe Louis Arena, the class will be invited to come down to the Joe to watch practice and hear the Red Wings special guest read to them afterwards.

Update: Here's a presser from the Grand Rapids Griffins as well:


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins on Thursday announced the hiring of Andrew Stegehuis as assistant equipment manager and Annette Niergarth as corporate sales activation coordinator.

Stegehuis served as a locker room attendant for the Griffins from 2004-11 before spending the 2011-12 season as the equipment manager for the USHL’s Chicago Steel. He has also assisted the Chicago Blackhawks during past prospect camps, training camps and playoff runs, including the team’s 2010 Stanley Cup championship. A native of Grandville, Mich., Stegehuis is currently attending Davenport University to pursue a degree in sports management.

A recent graduate of Ferris State University with a degree in advertising, Niergarth joins the Griffins’ front office staff after spending the 2011-12 season as a corporate sales intern. The Frankenmuth, Mich., native is responsible for managing the Griffins Kids Club and organizing the corporate sales interns, sponsorships and various game day duties.

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