Players, Coaches and Alumni Annual Golf Outing Raises $275,000 for Blue Jackets Foundation

By Chris Pennington on September 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm
An annual golf outing at Double Eagle helped raise money for the Blue Jackets Foundation
Great Bartram / Columbus Blue Jackets

It was one last chance for the Columbus Blue Jackets to hit the links before training camp starts.

And for a good cause, too.

On Tuesday, the organization held its annual golf outing, featuring current players, coaches and alumni, to raise money for the Blue Jackets Foundation (while having some fun).

$275,000 was fundraised on the day, with all proceeds going to the foundation, which is "dedicated to the health and wellness of children in central Ohio by dedicating time, resources and financial support to organizations making a difference in the areas of pediatric cancer, reading, fitness through play and the growth and development of amateur hockey."

The day consisted of a lunch and dinner, a silent and live auction, as well as a pre-round auction where groups could 'buy' a Blue Jacket personnel to be in their team of four. 

Though David Savard's beard was a hot commodity, John Torotorella was the first overall pick. I mean, how can you not want to spend four-plus hours grilling the coach with questions?

"To have everybody out here all playing a great game for a good cause makes for an awesome event," Katie Matney, interim executive director of the CBJ Foundation, told Jeff Svoboda of "We have great players who support events like this, and it's awesome that they are willing to do this before the season kicks off."

The outing hosted a bundle of members of the Blue Jackets organization - past and present - including players Nick Foligno, Oliver Bjorkstrand and David Savard, to coaches like Tortorella and Brad Shaw, and alumni like Rick Nash and Fredrik Modin.

As the Blue Jackets look to get back to work and begin the preseason in just a few short weeks, it's enjoyable to see them helping a good cause in their free time of the offseason. 

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