Comets Help Kick Off Red Kettle Holiday Campaign

Comets Help Kick Off Red Kettle Holiday Campaign

You could hear the bells ringing Friday night at the Utica AUD and not just to signify the start of the Comets game against the Rochester Americans. Friday night was also the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Kick-Off event and it took place right on center ice.
You could hear the bells ringing Friday night at the Utica AUD and not just to signify the start of the Comets game against the Rochester Americans. Friday night was also the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Kick-Off event and it took place right on center ice.
The Utica Comets are partnering with the Salvation Army this year to support the Red Kettle holiday campaign. Friday night, just before puck drop, president of the Comets Rob Esche received quite the title from the Salvation Army
Esche was named this year's honorary chair of the campaign. He says he's humbled and was not expecting the prestigious title but most importantly, is happy the comets are able to give back to their new home city.
"Everything’s so new for us and it's the first time where we have a professional hockey team in the area and literally we have local ownership that can help steer us into the community and the community is something that I’ve loved locally,” said Esche.
There will be kettles and bell ringers at every home Comets game until Christmas. Salvation Army representatives say they're grateful to have the Comets on board their annual campaign.
"For them to come along with us is just a whole bunch of unity and it means a lot to the community, it means a lot to the Salvation Army, that we're extending our hands and we can help the community together," says Lt. Lena Harrington of the Salvation Army.
Next month the Utica Comets players will be dressed up ringing their bells as celebrity bell ringers.
"I think it will help people to donate more and get more involved in the community," said Comets fan Kim Dominic.
With the help of the Comets, the Salvation Army has their sights set on a high donation goal.
"I’m hoping 100 thousand and that'll get us through the year and we will be able to go out into the community and help more people, more needy families,” said Harrington.
And they certainly have the support of this hockey community.
"I think it's a great opportunity for the Utica area to team up, a hockey team with the Salvation Army, to do good for the people in our area," said Comets fan Larry Haase.
"The Comets coming in this year in their first inaugural season, making a partnership of the whole experience, I think it's a fantastic idea," says Comets fan Paul Engelhart.
Unfortunately the Comets lost to the Rochester Americans Friday night 4 to 2. But they have another home game Saturday night against the Texas Stars and of course, the Salvation Army will be there with their red kettles.

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