Black Tie was an "unforgettable" experience for all

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 12:00 PM / News
By Kristyn Repke  - BlueJackets.com

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Last night, a celebration took place at center ice in Nationwide Arena. Columbus Blue Jackets players, staff and families were in attendance, but this celebration was about more than the hockey team.

Together, the Blue Jackets organization, its partners, the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and the central Ohio community unofficially raised more than $500,000 at the 8th annual Black Tie Blue Jackets Style Show (presented by Medical Mutual) in support of the fight against pediatric cancer, the central cause of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation. Overall, that amount surpassed last year's record-setting total of about $400,000.

The annual style show event provides an unforgettable experience to everyone in attendance, combining a fancy night out with a style show, celebrating the 11 Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation heroes as they walk the runway alongside Blue Jackets players and their families.

This year's style show theme was "Capturing Moments," and the evening did just that.

After a cocktail hour where guests were invited to bid on silent auction items and mingle, the program began with the heroes taking the stage to be recognized in front of those in attendance. FOX Sports Ohio broadcaster Dave Maetzold and Blue Jackets Ambassador Jody Shelley emceed the program, while Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie and mom of hero Hailey, Denise Ell, shared their personal experiences with pediatric cancer. The Denison University acapella group Ladies Night Out and America's Got Talent's Joe Castillo provided the evening's entertainment.

Following dinner, a live auction of prizes such as a V.I.P. All-Star Game experience, a trip to Paris, a golf package with James Wisniewski and PGA golfer Jason Day, and a dinner with the Davidson's took place on the event floor. Then, the heroes and their Blue Jackets escorts took the stage for the main event: the style show.

Heroes Addison, Griffin, Anastasia, Maggie, Ian, Logan, Emily, Austin, Ryan, Hailey and John strutted their stuff down the runway. Though they were accompanied by Blue Jackets players, the heroes were the stars of the show--the focus of every attendee's attention--and they enjoyed every moment of the experience.

Hero John Wills and the Wisniewskis were the final hero group to take the stage. John walked down the runway in style, putting his hands out for those in attendance to high-five him as he walked by. Blue Jackets players, organization partners and donors left their seats in order to cheer John on and high-five him, applauding his courageous fight against cancer.

It's captured moments like these that are a reminder that the celebration is about more than just the organization--it's about the community coming together, united to fight a single cause.


To learn more about the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and its work with pediatric cancer and other community initiatives, visit their website at www.bluejacketsfoundation.org. For more Black Tie Blue Jackets coverage, visit the HUB on BlueJackets.com.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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