Aeros' Ward has booster incentive

March 12, 2008 5:07:53 PM PDT
Every point scored by Houston Aeros right wing Joel Ward during the remainder of Steve Kelly's call-up to the Minnesota Wild will lead to a donation to "Bo's Place," thanks to the generosity of an anonymous local donor, the Aeros announced Wednesday.The program, "Hockey Heals for Bo's Place," started on the March 7 game vs. Hartford. Bo's Place (www.bosplace.org) provides children and their families highly individualized grief support, free of charge, to those who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The anonymous donor will give $1,000 per Ward goal and $200 per Ward assist for each of the remaining games until Kelly returns to the Aeros. If Kelly does not return, the donor will continue making his contributions on every Ward point this season, both home and away. Also, if Ward tallies a hat trick (three goals) at any home game, the donor will give Bo's Place a one-time donation of $20,000. Pledge forms for fans will be available at all Aeros home games, and online at www.aeros.com.

Should Kelly return to the Aeros, the donor will again make donations based on Kelly's points, and not on both Ward's and Kelly's points.

This is the third such performance-based program for the Aeros and the donor. In the 2003-04 season, the Aeros ran a similar program called "Cullen for Kids" which raised over $3500 for The Sunshine Kids Foundation, and in 2005-06, "Murphy's Mission" raised more than $2,600 for the "I Have a Dream" program, which included additional pledges from Aeros fans.

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