To support the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, the Anaheim Ducks hockey club sold a commemorative series of Surprise Pucks featuring four separate limited edition pucks this season.
The cost was $30 per puck, and the pucks were hidden inside boxes. Fans would arrive early on select game dates to randomly select a mystery box, with a puck signed by a random, current Anaheim Duck player. In the pile of mystery boxes were also a handful of “orange” pucks, which could be an instant award such as a team signed stick, jersey or some other Ducks memorabilia.
Recently, they offered fans a completed Surprise Puck Set which included
- an Anaheim Ducks Third Jersey puck autographed by #67 Rickard Rakell,
- a Holiday Sweater puck autographed by #4 Cam Fowler,
- an Angels Night puck autographed by #36 John Gibson
- and a Thank You Fans puck autographed by #57 David Perron.
I didn’t have the patience to stand in line during the regular season, so I went ahead and purchased this set. Included with the pucks set was an acrylic display case with the Anaheim “D” logo etched on the top. I was very pleased with the set, and it was an excellent acquisition for $200. What was even nicer was I didn’t have to stand in a long line, or be disappointed when they ran out of inventory.
So, who is the Foundation?
Per the Ducks web site:
Foundation serves as the team’s main charitable beneficiary. Introduced at the opening of the 2008-09 season, the mission of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation is to facilitate and support programs that produce positive change for children and families throughout Southern California by providing educational opportunities, broadening access to the sport of hockey and addressing the health and wellness needs of our community.
The Anaheim Ducks Foundation raises money at various fundraisers such as the Anaheim Ducks Golf Classic and Dux in Tux, along with a variety of in-game fundraisers. Through the Foundation, the Anaheim Ducks look to support exemplary Southern California nonprofit organizations and to help make a positive impact in the local community. Anaheim Ducks Foundation has contributed to many nonprofit organizations such as Orangewood Children’s Foundation, CHOC Children’s, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Orange County Ronald McDonald House, Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. Program, Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play powered by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and many more.
The primary beneficiary of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation is Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation & Education). The program is a free standards-based curriculum, with resources and incentives for teachers and students. Through the establishment of two major initiatives, In-Class Education and Physical Education, Ducks S.C.O.R.E. uses hockey to teach educational themes, reinforce the importance of positive character building and reward youth for their dedication for pursuing academic excellence.
The award-winning Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. program was developed in 2005 for the students of Southern California to address healthy living habits, academic excellence, and to promote the importance of balancing these two practices into their daily routine. Over 25,000 students participate in this program annually from San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties and over 100,000 students have taken part in this program since its inception. Based on its contributions to literacy and education, the Reading Is the Goal program has received awards from the International Reading Association’s (IRA) California and Orange County chapters in 2009 and 2008, respectively. Both times, the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. program received the Celebrate Literacy Award for its significant literacy contributions at the local, state, or provincial level.