Blogs | 8/11/2011 12:21:51 PM | Jessica Baldwin
| The Moose at the 2011 Park Ave. Fest
The summer months, as well as hockey’s off-season, are winding down, but the Amerks organization has managed to keep pace with the numerous community events that kicked off the month of August. In recent weeks, the Rochester Americans’ beloved mascot, The Moose, has traveled throughout the Rochester area to attend such events as the Park Avenue Summer Arts Festival, the Craig Charron Memorial Classic and outings at Make-A-Wish of WNY and the Children’s Center of Brighton.
Park Ave Festival - August 6:
With an annual attendance of roughly 250,000 people, Moose had no problem making new friends at the Park Avenue Festival this past Saturday. Located on the corner of Park Ave. and Buckingham St., the Moose and Amerks ticket staff members manned the red, white and blue booth, providing information to festival goers about the upcoming season and raffling off a game-worn Amerks jersey. After giving endless high-fives and receiving only smiles in return, it is safe to say that the Moose’s visit to the Park Ave. Fest was time well spent.
Craig Charron Memorial Classic Hockey Game - August 7:
The following day, the Moose’s work continued as he greeted fans and friends at the Craig Charron Memorial Classic Hockey game in honor of Amerks Hall of Famer Craig ‘Sharky’ Charron. Run by the Rochester Americans Alumni Association and held at the Sports Centre at MCC for the second year in a row, two teams comprised of hockey celebrities treated Western New York residents to a friendly yet entertaining game. Current NHL stars like Ryan Callahan, Brian Gionta, Erik Cole and Tim Connolly, as well as former Amerks Paul Gaustad, Patrick Kaleta and Martin Biron, were just a few of the hockey stars who came together to raise funds and pay tribute to a dear friend of the Amerks family.
Children’s Center of Brighton - August 10:
On day after appearing at a special event at Make-A-Wish of Western New York, the Moose traveled to the Children’s Center of Brighton where students were participating in Sports Spectacular week and competing in a contest involving photos of sports mascots. As Art Specialist Barb Scott would like to call it, “Mascot Madness” truly came to fruition when students were surprised by a morning visit from the Moose himself. Going from classroom to classroom, Moose was greeted with cheers and laughter at each stop, even causing slight pandemonium upon first sight. The Moose was clearly exhausted after an hour of high-fiving, dancing, and signing autographs - but he wouldn’t have wanted to start his day any other way!
The Moose will continue to make moves in the coming weeks, including at the Batavia Muckdogs’ Mascot Night on Thursday, August 11.
Look for pictures of Rochester Americans community events on our fanpage at www.facebook.com/rochesteramericans.