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03-03-2013, 10:09 AM
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My daughter and I had the pleasure of attending the CBJ Black Tie Blue Jackets fundraiser last week. It was, as usual, an inspiring event. Those kids walking with the players down the runway were the stars of the show. Inspirational, for sure. Many of the players made it a point to showcase the kids with a special "pose" or dance at the end of the runway. It was neat to show the players in a different light and I'm sure it was quite a night to remember for those gorgeous kids who are in a battle with cancer.

What I noticed different about this year is how well attended by the players it was. I was told the "player leadership team" made it mandatory... of course they can't make it mandatory, but strongly suggested everyone attend. There were only two players missing, by my count. Another player told me those two were sick.

JD, JK, HCTR and the entire coaching staff also mingled with the crowd. Broadcast was represented as well. Natalie, Maetzold, Rimer, Davidge and Dan Kamal were there with Maetzold doing the MC duties. I made it a point to tell Dan K how I thought he brought a degree of legitimacy to our broadcast team, and how great it is that he's willing to call out the weaknesses as well as the praise the home team. He said he tries to be fair and honest without being mean. I let him know that is appreciated. Columbus hockey fans aren't stupid, and I always found it insulting the way our broadcast team glossed over the mistakes.

No scarf-wearing Mike Todd anywhere to be found. What a relief. Just a few years ago, he was the MC. That was awkward. Maybe this is a shift away from him... hope so.

Not every player walked in the show, but they were there showing their support. In the case of a player at my table, giving generously at the live auction.

$300,000 was raised by this effort. I think one of the greatest things Mr. Mac did was establish the CBJ Foundation. They do wonderful things in the community; most of it goes unheralded. His son continues this mission, and for that I am grateful.

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