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Swarm to 'Black Out' against cancer

04/03/2012, 3:45pm CDT
By mnswarm.com

The Swarm will host Hive Cares Night on Saturday, April 21 vs. Philadelphia

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm will host its third annual Hive Cares Night on Saturday, April 21 on Treasure Island Field at Xcel Energy Center. The team will sport commemorative black jerseys as they take on the Philadelphia Wings at 7 p.m. CST. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.

“So many people are facing cancer in this country and around the world, and for me personally, Hive Cares Night is near and dear to my heart as I lost my mother to cancer,” Swarm Co-Owner and Vice President Andy Arlotta said. “It’s important to recognize the survivors and the loved ones that we’ve lost, and this is a great platform to do it. We’re excited to once again partner up with a class-act organization in the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund for Hive Cares Night. Last year’s partnership was exceptional and we’re looking to build off of that this year.”

In 2010, the NLL launched its first Black Out Cancer campaign to raise money and increase awareness of the disease. Each NLL franchise hosts a "Cancer Awareness" event during a 2012 home game.

For the second straight season, the Minnesota Swarm has partnered with the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, an organization that supports the cancer community in Minnesota by funding research, prevention, treatment and other programs relating to the cancer community. The Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund has very low administrative costs, enabling over 90-percent of the generated funds to go directly to local charities in Minnesota. In 2011, the Swarm helped raise over $13,500 during Hive Cares Night for RSCRCF, making the Swarm one of the organizations’ top partners.

“We are very excited to partner with the Minnesota Swarm again this year,” Kare-11 Sports Director Randy Shaver said. “The Swarm organization cares so much about the community and they are a perfect fit with the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund because we both want to help fight cancer in Minnesota."

In 1995, Shaver started a Celebrity Golf Classic in order to raise money for cancer research and awareness. The Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund was later founded in 2003 to help ensure that the money raised would be used to fund cancer research and related projects in the state of Minnesota.

To help support Hive Cares Night, fans can get involved in a number of ways:

* Ticket Sales - $1 from the sale of each individual game or group ticket sold will benefit the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.
* Ticket Donations - Fans can donate tickets to be used by cancer patients, families, and survivors. Tickets will be distributed through various non-profit outlets.
* Corporate Donations - Area companies can contribute to this event by purchasing game tickets to be donated to cancer survivors and their families. A portion of their donation will go directly to the RSCRCF.
* Coaches Challenge - Swarm head coach Joe Sullivan will donate $10 per Swarm goal scored on April 21. Individuals and companies are encouraged to match Coach Sullivan's donation by pledging an additional $10 per Swarm goal.
* Pub Sting - Come out to Cork's Irish Pub on Friday, April 12 from 7-9 p.m. to support Hive Cares efforts. Coors is donating $1 from every Coors Light purchase to the RSCRCF.
* Jersey Auction - Proceeds from the auction of the commemorative black jerseys the Swarm will wear on Hive Cares Night will go to the RSCRCF.
* SPT Calendar - $1 of each Swarm Performance Team Calendar will go directly to the RSCRCF.

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