Autism Speaks, Moose Listen and Respond

October 18, 2009
--Plymouth, Michigan

The Detroit Moose made an assist on the goal of raising awareness and funds for the Autism Speaks benefit held on Friday October 2nd 2009 at Plaza Lanes in Plymouth, Michigan.

The Moose and their families supported a fundraiser to help Joshua and the Autism Speaks Initiative in their continuing effort to give back to the community. The benefit event that took place included two games of 9 – Pin No Tap bowling and plenty of fun. Team members invited many family and friends to fill lanes and polish off the pizza and soda provided at the event.

“It not only brings us closer together as a team, it allows us to give something back to the community, in which this team was built on” said Steve Cloutier #5 of the Moose.

A few of the players on this year’s Moose team are new to the experience of giving back to the community. “We wanted to start the season off with an example of what we are all about.” said Captain Derek Fowler. “We are a team playing as one on the ice and unified as one giving back off.”

In addition to the $20 person donation to the event, it featured a silent auction.

Among items up for bid were:

> Two pair of Detroit Red Wings tickets donated by the Moose hockey club as well as a special hockey stick with well over 20 autographs from Detroit Red Wings alumni.

> JGM Valve Corp. in Commerce, Michigan donated four lower bowl tickets with VIP parking for the Red Wings' Saturday Oct. 10th game against Alexander Ovechin and Washington Capitals.

> The "Bruise Brothers,' Joe Kocur and Bob Probert donated a personalized autographed book and autographed pictures

> Detroit Tiger Placido Polanco donated an autograph photo

> Detroit Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom Autographed NHL puck

> Detroit Red Wing Chris Osgood autographed goalie stick.

> Harlow tire of Westland donated an oil change and a front end alignment.

Tickets were sold to raffle off many gift baskets, massage gift certificates, and sundry items in addition to a 50/50 raffle. A total of just under $3000.00 was raised from the event will help earmarked for the National Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

The Detroit Moose would like to thank their sponsors for their support; Kocur Enterprises, JGM Valve Corp, Double H, Harlow tire, 203 Custom car works of Ypsilanti. We also would like to thank the captain and goalie of the Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Osgood.