Winter Classic 2014: Raising Money For Kids With Cancer

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Our friends at Winging It In Motown and in the Detroit blogosphere (the Delvecchiosphere? Gordosphere?) also have a generous streak and they’ve asked us, along with a number of other teams, to help them in fundraising in the lead up to the Winter Classic. They have a fun way of raising money during games and I’ll let @jennyquarx explain:

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In the past, the bulk of the money we have raised comes from the pledges. You can pledge whatever you want but if it’s something ridiculous, we ask that you keep track of it (every time Stevie is spotted is a popular one for the Tampa Bay games and like I don’t want to be in charge of that). It works better when it’s something tangible like $20/Phaneuf point or something. Pens fans were super generous and I had a lot of $50/Crosby point which was extraordinarily helpful. It doesn’t have to be huge either, every little bit helps. We have donated nearly $20k to The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation since 2010. The fund designation that we give to is the Child Life Fund. This is rad because kids that are extremely ill have to spend so much time in the hospital that it is hard for them to get to be kids. Our fund pays for things like games and video games and other fun things to help kids feel like KIDS when they’re going through all this really grown up stuff.

You can sign up at this page over at The Production Line which will explain the process some more but it basically boils down to this:

  1. You sign up to donate (for example) $71 every time David Clarkson falls down without anyone touching him Saturday night or a hate pledge like $1 every time Jonas Gustavsson slides out of his crease because he’s overcommitted.
  2. Everyone watches the game Saturday night and Wings fans track every pledge.
  3. They e-mail you and say “Wow, Clarkson falls down without being touched a lot. He fell 4 times. That’s $284! And Goose slid out of his crease 12 times for $12! You’re so generous”
  4. You donate the actual money and a warm feeling fills your body as you read this story and learn about the good that supporting children’s hospitals can do.

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It makes things easier if you choose something that gets tracked via RTSS stats – and yes you cheeky bastards you can do it based on corsi, fenwick, etc – but you can also do things based on the broadcast (how often Hughson mentions Vancouver or how often Grapes hits the table with both hands) so have some fun and remember that every penny helps. Once you’ve signed up, toss in your pledges in the comments so others can get ideas and we can check them out in the game thread Saturday night.

Jenny and her husband have been blessed with a son that walks in the light of our Dear Wendel (pictured below reminding his father not to speak ill of the Buds) and they’ve graciously donated this hand drawn picture of Dougie to the person that ends up making the largest donation. I’ve got about a dozen NHL/Leafs related books that I’ll raffle off among the people that make pledges as well.

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You could win this!

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Drawn by this guy that’s about to get beat up by his kid

Our donations will help kids that are going through an unimaginably difficult time have the ability to escape their situation for at least a little while. We’re a creative bunch so let’s see what we can do to help.

PLEDGE HERE.

  • Pension Plan Puppets

    Thanks for helping out Alec. Much appreciated.
    This is a really good cause and any support makes a huge difference for the kids.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    $7.10 if Clarkson gets a point.
    $0.50 if he falls over (I’m not made of money).
    $10 if the Leafs get outshot.
    $10 if the Leafs are in a playoff position after the Winter Classic.

  • Pension Plan Puppets

    Alec Brownscombe Those are good ones!

  • Dreamsof67

    $20 every time I curse Healy’s name.
    Broke 5 minutes in.
    Cool idea, I’ll submit a form later today

  • Pension Plan Puppets

    Some examples of what I’ve committed to:

    $50 for a Gustavsson shutout (normally when only 1 goal allowed and it’s a shitty goal but in this case if it’s just 1 goal)
    $50 for a Leafs win
    $0.50 for each Leafs corsi
    $1 for the Fenwick gap between the two teams (ie 54-46 = $8)
    $8.10 for each Kessel goal
    $4.30 for each penalty Kadri draws
    $0.25 for each Wings corsi
    And here are some examples of hate pledges that I’ve committed to:

    $2.70 – for every Quincey hit from behind penalty
    $1.30 – for a Datsyuk shootout goal (double if it is amazing – we’ll know if it’s amazing)
    $4.40 – if Bertuzzi gets away with attempted murder
    $9.30 – if Franzen scores a goal that should be disallowed but isn’t
    $1.10 – every time they show Alfie highlights v. the Leafs

    Hope that helps get the creativity going.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Pension Plan Puppets What did you click for the games you’re pledging? That link is the Red Wings’ games, right?

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Pension Plan Puppets Hahahahahah the Franzen pledge. Say goodbye to $9.30.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Oh, and $10 if Smithson gets a shot. Easiest 10 bucks I’ve ever kept.

  • Pension Plan Puppets

    Alec Brownscombe Yeah, just click on the Leafs-Wings game. It’s just for Saturday night

  • lieffan

    $20 if Gardiner gets benched.

  • lieffan

    Cameron needs to pledge $10 every time he complains about the ref.

    Bon needs to pledge $10 every time he says Vape On.

  • vinoa

    I’m going to go with $1 for every time CBC announcers get all excited over Datsyuk during the game (can’t afford to take the chance during the breaks) and $1 for every shift our 4th line plays. For the record I want it to be mostly 4th line money that I’m donating.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Too bad Burkie’s not around anymore to pledge money on how many times they show him pissed off during the game.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Murph2417 No worries, dude. It’s just for this weekend’s game.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Murph2417 Alec Brownscombe You could technically pledge on other red wings games, but that probably wouldn’t be very fun.

  • Komas Taberle

    They should have donate a dollar for every bonehead move by Phaneuf, the charities would be loaded.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Komas Taberle Put your money where your mouth is and pledge an exorbitant amount if he shuts down Datsyuk, then.

  • lieffan

    Alec Brownscombe Komas Taberle OH SHIT WHAT NOW KOMAS

  • Airfreshener

    Yaknowwhat Komas Taberle The last one exhausted all my resources as well as fucks given until 2020.

  • sniperstar

    Alec Brownscombe Komas Taberle

  • vinoa

    sniperstar Alec Brownscombe Komas Taberle What’s that from? I know I’ve seen it.

  • sniperstar

    vinoa Alec Brownscombe Komas Taberle Slips my mind as well. I can’t remember.

  • sniperstar

    CanuckUKinToronto They’d be in the red by the end of the 2nd period.

  • Dreamsof67

    Can I pledge for if everyone has fun and no one gets hurt?

  • wendelsway1

    CanuckUKinToronto Another $10 from Fenton every time he mentions Dion in a negative manner….lack of leadership, never win with this guy, blah blah blah

  • wendelsway1

    CanuckUKinToronto wendelsway1 …and another $50 if he follows up with…..we don’t agree with his facts because we are wearing the old blue and white goggles….lol

  • Komas Taberle

    Alec Brownscombe Komas Taberle 
    Are you sure Datsyuk is playing?I’ll tell you what I pledge $20 if Leafs win the Winter Classic.

  • dlb eh

    wendelsway1
    i’ve started watching more rugger acause i don’t understand hockey

  • wiski

    Alec Brownscombe $10 every-time Cam say’s what a bonehead play by Ph9 😉

  • Xxxxxnew

    Citizen Kane

  • vinoa

    Xxxxxnew Funny I was just reading about Hearst. “Rosebud”

  • Xxxxxnew

    That’s the scene where he’s used his power to put his girlfriend into films or a play and she’s absolutely terrible and at the end the audience is totally unresponsive but he claps like a maniac even though he’s realized money can’t buy everything.

  • wendelsway1

    dlb eh wendelsway1 LOL…I could see why you would, the games are so similar….unless your watching with blue and white goggles….right?…right?   lol

  • BPsotka

    @Dreamsof67 Did you start with 2 million dollars or did Healy’s mike not work for the first 4:55?

  • vinoa

    Murph2417 Xxxxxnew “It’s his sled..it was his sled from when he was a kid..there I just saved you two long boobless hours!”

  • Airfreshener

    Murph2417 wendelsway1 dlb eh I hear chess gets wild this time of the year.

  • wendelsway1

    Murph2417 wendelsway1 dlb eh Exactly!….we’re so smart!….lol

  • wendelsway1

    Airfreshener Murph2417 wendelsway1 dlb eh Chess?…Bah!….it’s all about the tiddleywinks…….I heard they’re making a comeback!

  • Xxxxxnew

    He could buy the world but the only thing that ever brought him happiness in his life was his childhood sled. Rosebud was the brand name

  • darthNihilus

    Pension Plan Puppets you sure this is “PPP”? Nice to bury the hatchets for good causes.

  • Airfreshener

    wendelsway1 Airfreshener Murph2417 dlb eh Tiddly! Wink!

  • dlb eh

    @Dreamsof67
    keep dreaming 😉

  • dlb eh

    sniperstar
    this frightens me

  • Pension Plan Puppets

    darthNihilus It’s Christmas! :)

  • Pension Plan Puppets

    Murph2417 It’s for Saturday’s game but you don’t have to contribute the cash until later. You could wait until you get paid. But the sentiment is much appreciated. Spreading the word helps too.

  • ian_mendes

    mlse Great stuff guys. Have a Merry Christmas.

  • mlse

    ian_mendes Appreciate it. Same to you and yours