Comets score over Thanksgiving

Published Nov 27, 2017 at 4:00pm

We should all raise our hockey sticks, without fear of penalty, to salute the Utica Comets players, coaches and staff who delivered 250 turkeys and other Thanksgiving treats to the Rescue Mission of Utica.

The Comets, besides providing terrific hockey, have been active in our community and have spread a lot of good will. They should be congratulated.

The turkeys were purchased by the Save of the Day Foundation. According to its website, (sodfoundation.com), “The Rob Esche ‘Save of the Day’ Foundation, Inc., is committed to promoting the needs of youth throughout the Mohawk Valley...” It aids charities through special events, its partnership with the Comets and fund-raising efforts.

​Organizers said the turkey program, now in its fifth year, has been fruitful not only to the Rescue Mission but also the hockey players. The Mission benefits from the turkeys and the Comets know they have provided a helping hand to those in need.

As Comets player Reid Boucher said: “It’s good to get the guys out in the community. this is a town that cares about their team, so it’s good for us to give back.”

Throughout the past fourteen years, the Rob Esche “Save of the Day” Foundation, Inc., has raised over two million dollars to provide financial assistance to both children with life threatening illnesses within the Mohawk Valley as well as other 501(c)3 organizations in need. Through fundraising efforts such as the 50/50 Raffle Program, annual Golf Outings, and specialty Utica Comets game nights, the Foundation has been able to help over 150 children and their families.