The NHL lockout left many businesses and individuals without a regular flow of cash that comes only when the club is playing. Thats also true for the charities that rely on in-game fundraising.
We typically will evaluate for our cash-on-hand to grant at about this time of year, said Jen Bowden, executive director of the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the club that relies on in-game fundraising as part of its ability to fund nearly half a million dollars in community grants each Spring.
The Foundation has donated 3 million to local charities since arriving in 2000 and raised over 1 million in the fight against pediatric cancer. It missed out on 5050 drawings, raffles, and other in-game fundraising that would have occurred during the 3 months the lockout took place, including the Hockey Fights Cancer fundraiser in October that would have brought in around 25,000.
Just prior to the lockout, we were able hold our annual golf outing, said Bowden of the Golf Cl...