Florida Panthers Unite for Florida on Oct. 7 at BB&T Center

Panthers to honor first responders and hurricane heroes at the home opener

The Florida Panthers announced today that they will "Unite for Florida" during their home opener at BB&T Center on Saturday, Oct. 7 to honor first responders and hurricane heroes.

The Panthers will host several different organizations who played a pivotal role in the Florida community during Hurricane Irma prior to the Panthers vs. Lightning matchup at 7 p.m. The team will welcome more than 1,000 local hurricane heroes from groups such as Broward Emergency Operations Center, Red Cross, FEMA, Feeding South Florida, and first responders from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

"Our commitment to South Florida guides every decision that our organization makes. From ownership to staff and partners, we were proud to work closely with heroes and first responders in the days following Irma's landfall," said President & CEO Matthew Caldwell. "We're honored for these heroes to join us at BB&T Center for our home opener."

Everyday heroes such as Sister Margaret Ann will be in attendance and honored for their work during Hurricane Irma. She is the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School and was seen using a chainsaw to remove a tree that had fallen during the hurricane that was blocking a lane. A special guest will drop the puck prior to the start of the 7 p.m. matchup.

Fans can donate to Hurricane Irma Relief by donating to this link: YouCaring.com/FloridaPanthers. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the 50/50 Raffle will be allocated to hurricane relief efforts. To few additional Hurricane Relief efforts, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/relief.

This is Panthers Territory. We unite on Oct. 7 when the Panthers host the Tampa Bay Lightning at BB&T Center. Join our territory with a game plan to enjoy discounts off of single game pricing, monthly payment plans options and priority access to Stanley Cup playoff tickets at BB&T Center. Contact us to learn more about single game suites and group information. Please call (954) 835 - PUCK (7825) or visit FloridaPanthers.com/TicketCentral for more information.

Source: Florida Panthers