On December 1, hockey greats and hockey fans came together for Hot Stove Stories with Mickey & Ken at MotorCity Casino to reminisce about times on (and off) the ice – all in effort to raise funds for the Jamie Daniels Foundation. From sponsorships to a silent and live auction, guests helped raise more than $100,000 to support substance use prevention, aid those in recovery, reduce the stigma associated with this disease, and advocate for change that can improve the path of a child or teen’s life.
Ken Daniels, co-founder of the Jamie Daniels Foundation, a Children’s Foundation initiative, spoke about his son, Jamie – who he was, what he loved, and how Jamie’s death turned his and Jamie’s mother, Lisa’s, focus to saving the lives of other youth by starting Jamie Daniels Foundation.
Attendees rallied in response to the Red Wings play-by-play announcer’s loss, raising more than $40,000 between the auction and donation paddle raise. Funds will support collegiate recovery programming and a new Adolescent Addiction Recovery Clinic in metro Detroit.
Hosted by Winged Wheel Podcast’s Ryan Hana, the main program included Co-Founder Ken Daniels, Red Wings Announcer Mickey Redmond, former NHL stars Kris Draper and Chris Osgood, along with NHL referee Wes McCauley and former referee Dan O’Halloran – all whom shared stories about their careers and the game, telling stories, sharing laughs, and answering fan questions.
Hockey fans like Ruth H. came to the event to hear the inside scoop, but also to contribute to the important cause.
“I’m here today because someone I love has had problems with substance abuse for ten years, and southeastern Michigan needs more avenues for care and information,” said Ruth. “We can raise awareness today about substance use prevention and where to get help when you need it most.”
Thank you to all those who joined us. You made Hot Stove Stories with Mickey & Ken engaging, fun, and most importantly, impactful – proving once again that hearts are the biggest here in Hockeytown.