The Philadelphia Flyers took to the rink at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, but this time, they hung up their skates. Fans joined them on the concourse and floor sporting their orange and black for none other than the 37th Annual Flyers Wives Carnival.
“This is my first time involved in the event,” notes Flyers winger Adam Hall, “so I think it’s great to see how well the organization puts on an event like this and just how much everybody enjoys it.”
Fellow winger, Wayne Simmonds, adds, “Obviously it’s good to interact with the fans and the people who come and cheer us on every night.”
While the event draws in crowds by the thousands, there is more to this day than what meets the eye. The money raised helps support hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the greater Philadelphia region, such as Philabundance and March of Dimes.
“The amount of time and money our fans spend to come see us and take a picture to do this for 1 day out of the year to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars is pretty neat that we have the chance to do that,” says Scott Hartnell, another attacking member of the hockey squad
Jakob Voracek’s girlfriend, Nicole Warnecke, explains, “The whole point is for the fans to be able to interact with their players. The players also love the chance to interact with their fans. So basically, the autographs, the video games, the dunk tank… they’re all huge events because the players and the fans actually get that face time one-on-one together.”
“Seeing the little cute kids and to see pictures from when you saw them 7 years ago and now they’ve grown up to be young kids it’s just really neat,” Hartnell points out.
Over the years, the Flyers Wives Carnival has raised over $25 million for charity, and this year was no less successful.