Defending The Blue Line: Over 1 Million in Giving in 2013


Defending The Blue Line: Over 1 Million in Giving in 2013

In 2013, Defending The Blue Line® provided over $1 MILLION dollars worth of hockey equipment, game tickets, cash grants, and summer camps to military families across the US & Canada. It’s an incredible achievement for our little group that still has only 1 full time and 1 part time employee. Special thanks to all of our incredible volunteers, donors, supporters, and amazing military families for making the mission possible!

Defending The Blue Line ® has events happening all over the nation.  Check out the current ones on the website.  Organizations, schools, universities, businesses, NHL teams, NHL players, and individuals are helping DTBL raise money to help the military kids play hockey. We have even had many children in the nation step forward with equipment drives, donations from birthdays, donations from bar mitzvah’s, bake sales, and even lemonade stands.  Defending The Blue Line ® is very honored to have all of this support from everyone. Thank you for helping DTBL support military children.

 

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Military Kids at the Warrior Camp at Camp Ripley in Minnesota – Photos


Military Kids at the Warrior Camp at Camp Ripley in Minnesota – Photos.

Defending The Blue Line® sponsored a hockey camp for children of military parents from August 10 – 13, 2014.  See the photos.

DTBL kids at Camp Ripley and Huskie's Ice

Military kids once again stayed on post at the Camp Ripley Training Center just north of Little Falls, Minnesota. They were bused into St. Cloud State University Huskies Ice which is about a half hour from Camp Ripley.  In the evenings they participated in fun military activities for everyone. The military kids had a ton of activities going on during their stay at Camp Ripley. One of the days, there was a conference call between the kids, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, and Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild. It was one of the highlights of the camp. Special thanks to these two Pro’s for taking the time to answer all the questions from our little warriors!

DTBL military kids at Camp Ripley, MN

Our mission at Defending The Blue Line ® (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

For more information on equipment and other benefits through Defending The Blue Line® go to DefendingTheBlueLine.org.

 

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Seth Appert Running Adirondack Marathon in Memory of Soldier


Seth Appert Running Adirondack Marathon in Memory of Soldier. The Adirondack Marathon takes place in Schroon Lake, New York, on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Seth Appert will be running in the Adirondack Marathon as a fundraiser for Defending The Blue Line® in memory of Richard Curadi, a soldier with 32 years in the Marines and Army. Seth is the head men’s hockey coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York.

The commemorative military challenge coin pictured below, in memory of CW4 Richard Curadi, will be given to every donor making a donation of $26.20 or more for Seth’s run in the Adirondack Marathon. (The $26.20 represents the 26.2 mile marathon.) The intricately designed coins include a Chinook helicopter on the back side. The coins each have their own serial number.

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Give $26.20 to receive coin in memory of Richard Curadi

Give $26.20 or more to receive coin in memory of Richard Curadi

“It is an honor to continue our work with Defending The Blue Line. Senior Assistant Captain Luke Curadi started our involvement with the charity 15 months ago and our relationship has grown stronger ever since. I am humbled to run the Adirondack Marathon in honor of Rich Curadi while continuing the RPI Hockey Family mission of providing hockey opportunities to military families.” – Seth Appert

 

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CW2 Lucas D. Sigfrid Memorial Golf Tournament


CW2 Lucas D. Sigfrid Memorial Golf Tournament

On Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m at the Princeton Golf course in Princeton, Minnesota, a Memorial Golf Tournament will be held for Luke Sigfrid.

Luke was a member of the U.S. Army 4th Squadron/6th Calvary Regiment of the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Lewis Washington. During his honorary service Luke was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Meritori-ous Service Medal, and the Bronze Star. Luke gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and died a hero while proudly serving his country on Monday, December 12, 2011, in Fort Lewis, Washington while participating in helicopter training. 

Luke Sigfrid Memorial Golf event for Defending The Blue Line

Our mission at Defending The Blue Line ® (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

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Soldiers Run for Military Kids in The Great River Ragnar Relay


Soldiers Run for Military Kids in The Great River Ragnar Relay

A group of 6 local soldiers have teamed up to race in the Great River Ragnar Relay on August 15-16, 2014 to support Defending The Blue Line®.  You can donate in honor of these soldiers by going to: www.defendingtheblueline.org/Ragnar-Relay

Ragnar Relay soldiers running for military kids

Ragnar Relay Great River is the overnight running relay event of the summer. Runners will start on the bank of the Mississippi River in Winona, conquer the course under the stars and along rolling farmland, and finish back on the river in Downtown Minneapolis. This Ragnar has both challenging legs and beginner level legs for all of your teammates. It also has one of the best finish line parties and some of the friendliest volunteers!

Our mission at Defending The Blue Line ® (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

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Lundervold Enterprises Golf Tournament to Benefit 2 Military Charities


Lundervold Enterprises Golf Tournament to Benefit 2 Military Charities.  The Lundervold Enterprises Summer Classic will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at White Eagle Golf Club in Hudson, Wisconsin. There will be a raffle to benefit the “Woodbury Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Network” and “Defending The Blue Line®”.

2014 Lundervold Golf Event

Defending The Blue Line ® has events happening all over the nation.  Check out the current ones on the website.  Organizations, schools, universities, businesses, NHL teams, NHL players, and individuals are helping DTBL raise money to help the military kids play hockey. We have even had many children in the nation step forward with equipment drives, donations from birthdays, donations from bar mitzvah’s, bake sales, and even lemonade stands.  Defending The Blue Line ® is very honored to have all of this support from everyone. Thank you for helping DTBL support military children.

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Convergint Technologies Employees Spend a Day at DTBL Headquarters


Convergint Technologies Employees Spend a Day at DTBL Headquarters. In June 2014, Convergint Technologies sent out a huge group of employees and family members to do a ton of stuff around the Defending The Blue Line® office and warehouse in Hastings, Minnesota. The employees put up a flag pole, painted, fixed used gear, cleaned, updated office technology, and a whole lot more. It was a great day and DTBL made a lot of new friends. Thank you to everyone who came out and a big thanks to Convergint Technologies for sending them out. Read more about the day here.

ConvergintTechnologies employees help Defending The Blue Line

Several of the employees brought their children along to help. The kids also had a great time making cards for DTBL and to send to the soldiers overseas. Check out more photos and cards on the DTBL website.

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Our mission at Defending The Blue Line ® (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

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Photos from the Camo Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament


Photos from the Camo Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament. Check out all of the photos from the pro photographer and from the golf participants.

Camo Classic Golf for Defending The Blue Line

Check out all of the great photos from the June 30, 2014 event hosted by Defending The Blue Line and Defending The Base Line. The tournament was held to benefit the children of military members so they are afforded every opportunity to participate in sports. The tournament was held at The Meadows at Mystic Lake in Prior Lake, Minnesota  and featured 36 foursomes, most of which were paired with a pro athlete.

Camo Classic golf event for Defending The Blue Line

This was not a traditional golf tournament, it was an extreme experience. Each hole featured various military inspired themes in addition to popular tourney contests. Tied in with the tournament was a nationwide online silent auction that includes many highly sought after items from the NFL, NHL, MLB, AHL, NBA, NASCAR, and more.

From the start of the tournament to the dinner to the award ceremony, this was a great day for everyone but especially for Defending The Blue Line®.

 

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Upper Deck and Defending the Blue Line Partner to Give One Child an Incredible Experience at the 2014 NHL Draft™


Upper Deck and Defending the Blue Line® Partner to Give One Child an Incredible Experience at the 2014 NHL Draft™!

Read this incredible story by Chris Carlin about the military child selected to be a draft runner.

When someone talks about the sacrifices members of the United States military make, often they are just referring to that individual who is serving. What many people do not fully realize is that the real sacrifice is not just on the member risking life and limb when placed in harm’s way, but their entire family who has to work through having that loved one gone for long stretches and not being able to put their arms around them to get to share how much they love them. This is one of the reasons why charities like Defending the Blue Line are so great and why Upper Deck has made it a point to support them.

Sports are a great way for youngsters to stay healthy, but at the end of the day what they really provide is a distraction. One segment of the population that could use a distraction are kids whose parents are away serving on behalf of this nation. And that is what Defending the Blue Line really helps out with by making sure military children who want to play hockey can do so.

Each year Upper Deck gets the opportunity to make a young hockey fans dreams come true by working directly with a NHL® team at the Draft serving as a draft runner. Ultimately these kids end up having the time of their lives by feeling like a part of the team and meeting a variety of NHL icons. When that opportunity came up this year, Upper Deck decided to look to Defending the Blue Line and find a youngster from a military family to serve as our draft runner. And when Christian Placiente heard he would be Upper Deck’s draft runner for this year, he was ecstatic.

Raymond Placiente is a Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Marine Corp and said, “Once he heard the news, Christian started reading up on all the potential prospects and has been so excited about potentially meeting some of his favorite NHL players. Our family is so excited for him.”

Christian is a dedicated young hockey player. He has worked very hard to hang with the best in his age range and when he isn’t on the ice, he is practicing his skating and stick handling on inline skates. Christian has tried other sports, but hockey is really his passion.

As with most military families, frequent moves are just a part of life. Recently Lieutenant Colonel Placiente was transferred to the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina. The nearest hockey program for Christian to take part in is an hour and a half away, but they make the drive twice a week just so he can play.

Upper Deck and Defending The Blue Line

This weekend, Christian will travel a little longer than an hour and a half, but it will be well worth it. Having the opportunity to not only attend the NHL Draft™, but to be on the actual draft floor and get a behind the scenes look at how it all works will be a memory that he will treasure for a lifetime. Who knows, if Christian continues to work hard, maybe he will get to go back to the NHL Draft™ one day, but next time as a player!

 

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Hering Chiropractic Gift of Health & Gift of Hockey


Hering Chiropractic Gift of Health & Gift of Hockey June and July 2014

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Dr. Eric Hering will be donating his new patient proceeds for the months of June and July to Defending The Blue Line®.  A collection box for new or gently used hockey equipment will also be located at Hering Chiropractic during this time.

Location:

Hering Chiropractic
969 Old Highway 8, Suite 100
New Brighton, MN  55112

For information and questions, contact Liz Johnson at 651-287-3035

Irondale and Mounds View Youth Hockey Associations in Minnesota are helping to promote the equipment drive.

Our mission at Defending The Blue Line ® (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

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