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O'Brien and Gere chooses Imagine Syracuse for 2011 Ice Hockey Fundraiser!

Re: Annual ARCADIS/ O’Brien & Gere Hockey Tournament to benefit Imagine Syracuse

On behalf of ARCADIS, C&S Companies, Employees of National Grid, and O’Brien & Gere, we invite you to support the 10th Annual Benefit Hockey Tournament to be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the War Memorial at Oncenter in Syracuse, NY. What started out in 2001 as a friendly cross-town hockey rivalry between environmental and engineering consulting firms (ARCADIS and O’Brien & Gere), has now become an annual event to benefit causes close to our families and communities.

The event’s success has lead to the annual fundraiser becoming an all day tournament. Now in its 10th year, C&S Companies and Employees of National Grid have joined the fun and fundraising event that features teams made up of players from each of the four companies. The Saturday tournament will feature four games including consolation and championship games prior to the Syracuse Crunch game on Saturday March 26th 2011.


This year’s game will benefit Imagine Syracuse, a non-profit agency who helps Build-A-Bridge to the community by providing free arts and enrichment for underserved children in Central New York. Imagine Syracuse offers programs to help youth become productive and engaged citizens such as:
 Music programs modeled after El Sistema and Tune Up Philly, and in collaboration with Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Say Yes To Education
 Educational and career-oriented field trips and guest speakers to expand opportunities and find mentors for children
 Art teaching through digital photography and filmmaking, story quilting, and mural painting
 Dance classes in hip hop, Zumba, ballroom dancing, and African dancing.
 Public service projects for teens

What started as serving 10 children in 2008 has grown to 150 youth aging 5 to 13 years old. Imagine Syracuse has expanded its services to the Boys and Girls Club, Vincent House, La Liga, and Peace Inc, to name a few.

The needs of these underserved children are significant and it is through this tournament that we have a goal to raise $20,000 to help sustain their program offerings.

The history of this event as a benefit game began in January 2001 when John J. LaManche, an employee of O’Brien & Gere and original member of the annual rivalry game, passed away unexpectedly. John exemplified integrity, dedication, perseverance, and character, and his passing inspired the transformation of a rivalry game to a benefit game. Past recipients of the benefit game have included:

Years 1-4: The John J. LaManche Scholarship Fund which provides annual awards to Marcellus High School (John’s alma matter) students that shared John’s qualities.

Year 5: The families of ARCADIS’s Michelle Greene and O’Brien & Gere’s Scott MacKnight, both of whom passed away at early ages leaving behind young families.

Year 6: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness honoring our survivors & remembering those lost

Year 7: The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Proceeds granted wishes for twin 8-year old brothers who continue to battle Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy.

Year 8: The American Red Cross of Central New York’s Disaster Relief services.

Year 9: Ronald McDonald Charities of Central New York. Proceeds enabled a room naming in memory of five year old Joseph James Marotta (the son of ARCADIS employee Serese Marotta) who passed away from complications of H1N1.
Through the generosity of many, our fundraising results have totaled over $70,000 since our first game in 2001. We appreciate your consideration and hope that you’ll join us in reaching this year’s goal!


Jason Vogel ARCADIS

Rob Neimeier

O’Brien & Gere
Bill Perrine

C&S Companies
Bill Hopkins

Employees of National Grid
2010 ARCADIS/O’Brien & Gere Teams


2011 Charitable Recipient: Imagine Syracuse
[Registered 501 (c)( 3 )]. Tax exemption code: 27-1857608

Sponsorship Base Package: Pre-game promotion on the Imagine Syracuse website with live links to sponsor’s websites, signage recognition at the games and family reception, scoreboard recognition during the consolation and championship games, and verbal thank you during the games and during the family reception.

 SHUT OUT LEVEL – EXCLUSIVE TOURNAMENT SPONSOR $2,500 Includes Base Package plus organization name on the front cover of the game program, 2’ x 3’ poster board displayed at two game sign-in tables and at the family reception, and company logo displayed on the Press Box LED Lighting Loop.

 FAMILY RECEPTION SPONSOR (2 OPENINGS) $2,000 EACH Includes Base Package plus organization name on the back page of the game program, and 2’ x 3’ poster board displayed at the reception.

 CHUCK-A-PUCK SPONSOR (1 OPENING) $750 Includes Base Package plus organization name in the middle of the game program, and verbal recognition between Periods 2 and 3 of the championship game.

 GAME PUCKS SPONSOR (1 OPENING) SOLD- AccutestIncludes Base Package plus organization name/logo on one side of 200 pucks with the tournament and Imagine Syracuse information on the other.

 FAMILY SKATE SPONSOR (1 OPENING) $500 Includes Base Package plus organization name on the back page of the game program, company name displayed and announced during the family skate.

 PERIOD SPONSOR (4 OPENINGS Left) 1 sold to Abscope 1 to Mr&Mrs Killorin $500 EACH Includes Base Package plus organization name on the middle of the game program, and verbal recognition during consolation and championship games.

 PLAYER SPONSOR 250 EACH 1 - OpTech, 1 - Avalon Printing 2 - Ashtead, 1 - Mr &Mrs Killorin, 1 - Near West Side Initiative Includes Base Package plus organization name noted with the Team Rosters within the game program.

Please make all checks payable to Imagine Syracuse and send to Allison Schad, ARCADIS, 6723 Towpath Road, PO Box 66, Syracuse, NY 13214-0066.

For more information, please contact:

Jason Vogel – ARCADIS ( / 315-671-9134)

Rob Neimeier - O’Brien & Gere ( / 315-956-6321)

Bill Perrine – C&S Companies ( / 315-455-2000)

Bill Hopkins – Employees of National Grid ( / 315-935-5672

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