St. John’s IceCaps Thank Volunteers Posted by IceCaps on
The off-ice success of the St. John’s IceCaps is due in large part to a dedicated volunteer base, says Danny Williams, CEO and President of the IceCaps.
As Volunteer Week comes to close, the St. John’s IceCaps take this time to recognize their ardent volunteers who give hundreds of hours of their free time to support the club’s many charitable endeavours.
“The St. John’s IceCaps organization has donated around $1 million to local charities in only two years and much of the funding comes through programs such as our 50-50 ticket program, which is administered by our volunteers,” explained Williams.
“It is no exaggeration to say our 50-50 draws are the talk of the American Hockey League. We applaud our volunteers for their selflessness and dedication to our team and community.”
Many booster clubs are simply fan clubs, but the St. John’s IceCaps Booster Club is a working group whose purpose is to support the team’s charitable efforts. Members range in age from teens to seniors and help with initiatives such as FanFest, silent auction tables and promotional giveways, in addition to the wildly successful 50-50 ticket draw which has paid out much as $20,000.
Murray Chaplin is probably the most well-known member of the IceCaps booster club. The 76-year-old has volunteered with the club since its inception two years ago and volunteered with the now-defunct St. John’s Maple Leafs during the club’s 14-year run in St. John’s. Chaplin, who often puts in seven-hour shifts on game days, says volunteering is “part of my life.”
“I had an opportunity to play hockey and baseball as a kid in part because people volunteered their time, so I’m happy to give back,” says Chaplin.
“I get a great deal of satisfaction helping the various charities. It’s great to be able to support the team and the community at the same time. It really is a win-win for me.”