Youngstown ice hockey team and TV station club together

January 21, 2014 by  

Fans who watch the Youngstown Phantoms play Team USA can do more than enjoy a hockey game—they can help friends and neighbors in need as well.

The Phantoms and WFMJ, the local NBC affiliate, are working together to create the ‘Second Harvest Food Bank Night’ to collect food for local organizations that help the hungry.

According to Bruce J. Zoldan, owner and CEO of the Phantoms, the team is eager to support the community and is happy to work with WFMJ and fans of the team to create a special occasion that will help those in need. Fans who attend the game at the Corvelli Centre and who bring three non-perishable food items will receive a Purple Level ticket for $3. The ordinary price for these tickets is $12.

The donations go to a project called the ‘Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley’, which asks for, keeps, and then distributes food to organizations throughout the three county region (Trumbull, Columbiana, and Mahoning counties) working to relieve hunger. In addition to collecting and distributing food, the food bank also educates area residents about the extent of hunger in the area, and is an advocate for poor residents.

The special food bank game is slated to begin at 7.05 pm this Friday, January 24.

The team and the station could work with a flyer printing company to create handouts to be distributed throughout the tri-county area, describing the game and the organizations’ efforts to help those in need. Team supporters could pass them out, creating a sense of urgency and community involvement.