COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Huge Blue Jackets playoff crowds mean great home-ice advantage, good revenue for the businesses in the Arena District, and it also means a lot of support for the CBJ Foundation.
“They’re not only supporting the team on the ice, but they’re supporting our foundation off the ice and all of the community things that we’re doing,” said Darla Owens who is the manager of the Blue Jackets Foundation.
As the Blue Jackets remain hot on the ice, the impact the Foundation will have on central Ohio will be greater.
“This year, just this season, the Foundation was able to impact over 200,000 youth in central Ohio and that’s an incredible number,” said Owens. “As much as we love to say it was 200,000, you have to realize each one of those is an individual kid who needed help.”
That’s because the foundation was granted 1.1 million dollars earlier this season. That money came from all of its programs like the 50/50 raffles held at each game, its online auctions, and even last year playoffs.
“This year we’re hoping we can exceed that number,” said Owens.
That could happen with all the excitement around the Jackets right now
The Blue Jackets Foundation has four areas of giving, Pediatric Cancer, education, health and safety, and youth hockey.
Owens said each of those areas could see a huge benefit if the Jackets continue to the Stanley Cup Finals.
“Each round of the playoffs we’re actually focusing on a different pillar each round. So, first round was pediatric cancer and we ended up raising over $75,000 for our pediatric cancer program and partners to really give families a moment of therapy through distraction because we know they’re battling a lot during that time. Then the second round here we’re also benefiting our education programs. So, we are looking towards Columbus Metropolitan Library, Junior Achievement, and Thurber House, and we’re really giving kids and students the opportunity to succeeding and out of the classroom.”