Wal-Mart Donates $25,000 to Keep the Heat On Campaign

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins are partnering with Wal-Mart and The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence's Keep The Heat On Campaign to raise awareness and help support the Keep the Heat On Campaign.  Wal-Mart has donated $25,000 to the Keep the Heat On Campaign, one of nine local organizations that received $25,000 grants from Wal-Mart in 2008.

The Providence Bruins and Wal-Mart have invited the Keep the Heat On Campaign out to the P-Bruins game on December 12 to further raise awareness of their efforts in the Providence community.  Wal-Mart will be making an on-ice check presentation of the $25,000 grant to the Keep the Heat On Campaign prior to the game and fans will be able to visit Keep the Heat On representatives on the concourse throughout the game night to learn more about the organizations efforts.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence's Keep the Heat On Campaign provides heating assistance to those individuals and families living in Rhode Island who have exhausted all other public and private forms of assistance.  To obtain more information or support the campaign, please visit http://www.heatri.com/.

"Energy costs, rising unemployment and the challenged economy have left many Rhode Islanders with no means to heat their homes," said The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, which administers the 'Keep the Heat On' program.  "Thanks to 'Keep the Heat On', struggling Rhode Islanders who have exhausted all other public and private forms of assistance have a safety net by which to keep their families warm during the winter months.  I would like to extend my personal gratitude to Wal-Mart for their generous gift that will enable 'Keep the Heat On' to provide much needed heating assistance to those who would otherwise be forced endure the winter months without heat."

"The Providence Bruins are proud to partner with Wal-Mart to support the Keep the Heat On Campaign" said Jeff Hagan, Chief Operating Officer of the Providence Bruins.  "We look forward to hosting the Keep the Heat On campaign on December 12 to further raise awareness and generate support for their efforts."

"We believe it's our responsibility to help sustain the communities that rely upon us and we know we can make the greatest impact by supporting causes that are important to our customers in their own neighborhoods," said Christopher N. Buchanan, senior manager of public affairs, Wal-Mart. "The service provided by Keep the Heat On and the Diocese of Providence make Rhode Island a better place to live and work, especially in tough economic times."

This is one of nine new Wal-Mart Foundation grants totaling $225,000 to non-profits organizations in Rhode Island supporting a wide range of community and social services programs that benefit children, adults, and working families throughout the state including heating assistance, quality healthcare, after school activities, environmental initiatives, and adult literacy.

These new foundation grants are in addition to Wal-Mart's established statewide charitable giving initiatives. In 2007, Wal-Mart Stores and Sam's Club gave a total of $674,057 in cash and in-kind donations to local causes and organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Rhode Island. Through additional funds raised through stores and Clubs throughout the state, Wal-Mart contributed and raised a grand total of $1,162,690 as a result of its presence in Rhode Island.

The P-Bruins head to the Hartford Civic Center tonight for a game against the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7:00 p.m. before returning home to The Dunk for their game Friday evening against the Lowell Devils at 7:05 p.m. when the team will be hosting Keep The Heat On Campaign.  Friday, December 12 is also Vladimir Sobotka bobblehead night. Information on P-Bruins tickets can be obtained by calling the team ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or by logging onto the team website at providencebruins.com.