Heather Ewing smiles with Vinny Lecavalier at the 10th annual Glitz & Sticks: A Celebrity Casino Evening held in February.

A night full of delicious gourmet food, great music, live auctions and more awaited those who attended the 10th annual Glitz & Sticks: A Celebrity Casino Evening event hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in February.

One of the biggest perks for event attendees was the opportunity to take pictures and speak with Lightning players like Vinny Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis as well as Head Coach Guy Boucher and a variety of other Lightning personalities.

“Glitz & Sticks gives me the opportunity not only to have a good time with friends, but it also is one of the rare times when you actually get to have a conversation with the players or even play them games like ping pong or air hockey,” said Valrico resident Heather Ewing.

Ewing continued, “Plus, the whole event benefits charity, so it’s also a way to give to a good cause.”

There was even the chance for those in attendance to compete with their favorite players. Throughout the evening, players played different games, including Ryan Malone, who played air hockey, Marty St. Louis, who played ping pong and Victor Hedman, who dealt a few hands at a casino game.

All the proceeds from Glitz & Sticks benefits the Tampa General Hospital Children’s Medical Center and the Lightning Foundation. The Lightning Foundation, a program which kicked off for the 2011-2012 season, selects and honors a community hero for each home game. These heroes are then given a $50,000 contribution to an eligible 501(c)(3) organization

The Tampa Bay Lightning play at the Tampa Bay Times Sports Forum, located at 401 Channelside Dr. in Tampa.
For more information on upcoming games and events, visit www.tampabaytimesforum.com or call 301-6500.

For more information on the Lightning Foundation, visit http://lightning.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=50496.

For more information on Tampa General Hospital’s Children’s Medical Center, visit www.tgh.org/cmccare.htm.

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