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SHARKIE GIVES HIS ALL TO THE PEOPLE OF THE BAY AREA, ON AND OFF THE ICE.

CONTINUES TO DEVOTE TIME AND RESOURCES TO THE NON-PROFITS THAT SERVE OUR COMMUNITY.

Tuesday, 06.18.2013 / 10:22 PM / S.J. Sharkie - Official Mascot of the Sharks
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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SHARKIE GIVES HIS ALL TO THE PEOPLE OF THE BAY AREA, ON AND OFF THE ICE.

What a year it was for S.J Sharkie in the community. During the 2012-13 season, he personally appeared at over 470 different events, with almost half of those being for non-profits organizations* (charities, schools, municipalities, etc).

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S.J Sharkie’s school program, Reading Is Cool presented by Comerica Bank, entered its 15th year, and over that time reached over a quarter of a million k-6 students. This year alone, the program was made available to 370 schools in Santa Clara and Southern Alameda Counties. The ever popular literacy program had 33,000 students participating within the 1,130 registered classes. Everyone’s favorite fish personally visited 15 classrooms a month as a reward for their hard work, and performed 18 additional reading assemblies.

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S.J Sharkie’s work with the Sharks Foundation helped raise a large sum of money that was distributed out to local charities that help children in the Bay Area. Some of the highlights were:

1- ‘favorite things’ basket was auctioned off at a game for $2,200 (valued at $350). This auction benefited the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco and Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support.

2- Signed used stick was auctioned off at a game for $400 (valued at $50). This auction benefited the Aubri Brown Club

3- St Patrick’s Specialty jersey was auctioned off for $1,005 (valued at $200)

4- valentine’s specialty jersey was auctioned off for $1,499 (valued at $200)

5- Beard-a-thon page raised $2,696 over a 4 week period during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The highest amount raised by any Sharks fan or player.

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Sharkie’s continued work with the Sharks Foundation fundraising events, such as the Sharks Foundation Golf Tournament, Sampling with the Sharks, etc., helped raise another $165,000 to be donated back out through their grant program. In the 2012-13 season, the Sharks Foundation gave grants to the following organizations:

American Heart Association - Silicon Valley

Ballet San Jose

Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Children's Discovery Museum San Jose

City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley

George Mark Children's House

International Association for Human Values

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen

Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

Muscular Dystrophy Association - Greater San Francisco Bay Area

ACE Charter Schools

Hospice of the Valley

Santa Clara University - Environmental Studies

Silicon Valley Children's Fund

YWCA Silicon Valley

Via Services

HOPE Services

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*Charities that benefited from appearances by S.J. Sharkie at their events included:

2ND HARVEST FOOD BANK

ABILITIES UNITED

AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

ANAFLAXIC SHOCK FOUNDATION

AUBREY BROWN CLUB

BAY AREA COUNSELING SUPPORT SERVICES FOR YOUTH

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

CHILDREN'S HEALTH INITIATIVE OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY

CITY OF SAN JOSE

CITY OF SANTA CLARA

CITY OF SUNNYVALE

CROHNS AND COLITIS FOUNDATION

CUB SCOUTS

FAMILY SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

GIRL SCOUTS

GOOD TIDINGS FOUNDATION

HEALTHY START

INNVISION

JACOB’S HEART CHILDREN’S CANCER SUPPORT

JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

LOVES AND FISHES

LUCILE PACKARD CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

LUCILE PACKARD FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN'S HEALTH

MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

MCDONALD HOUSE OF SAN FRANCISCO

NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION

SACRED HEART SERVICES

SAN JOSE PARKS AND REC

SAN JOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT

SAN JOSE POLICE FOUNDATION

SAN JOSE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

SAN MATEO SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT

SANTA CLARA FOSTER PARENTS ASSOCIATION

SAVE OUR SHORES

ST. JUDES HOSPITAL

STANFORD BLOOD CENTER

THE DREAM FOUNDATION

THE HOUSING TRUST OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY

TURNING WHEELS FOR KIDS

WENDER WEIS FOUNDATION

YMCA

YOUTH SCIENCE INSTITUTE

YWCA

-and many more

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