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Panthers' Jokinen and Luggage Express Team Up For Charity

Monday, 04.23.2007 / 1:55 PM / Community
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Panthers\' Jokinen and Luggage Express Team Up For Charity
Jokinen’s scoring surge leads to $42,000 in charitable donations

SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and the Florida Panthers announced today that Pillar Partner Luggage Express will combine with Cats Captain Olli Jokinen to donate $42,000 to a pair of South Florida children’s charities as part of a Charitable Match Program.

Luggage Express will present its half of the $42,000 donation to the JAFCO Children’s Foundation, while Jokinen will donate his portion to the American Cancer Society’s R.O.C.K Program. A check presentation to both charities will be made on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. during the Florida Panthers’ first Cats Cookout of the summer at the BankAtlantic Center. 

At the beginning of the 2006-07 season Luggage Express and Jokinen each pledged to donate $500 for every home goal and $250 for every home assist that the Panthers Captain scored throughout the regular season. All totaled, Jokinen scored 26 goals and 32 assists at home this season.

“First of all I would like to thank Luggage Express for being so generous in supporting the youth of the South Florida community,” Jokinen said. “Children are our future and it is important that we use our privileged position to provide aid and support wherever possible.”

“Helping children of South Florida is the essence of what professional sports should strive to do,” said Richard A. Altomare, Chief Executive Officer for Universal Express. “I'm pleased to be a small part of one such dignified and mature role model like Olli Jokinen. South Florida and the Panthers are better because of him.”

Luggage Express just completed its first year of a multi-year marketing partnership with Sunrise Sports & Entertainment. As a Pillar Partner with SSE, Luggage Express – a division of Universal Express, Inc. – is the preferred express shipping company of the Florida Panthers. Luggage Express was also the official puck delivery service used by the Florida Panthers at all home games. Prior to face-off of every Cats home game at the BankAtlantic Center, the puck was delivered to the ice in an official Luggage Express, Inc. suitcase.

“This wonderful community initiative would not have been possible without the tremendous generosity demonstrated by Olli, as well as Mr. Altomare and Luggage Express,” said Sunrise Sports & Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark. “It is great to see that two very worthy South Florida charitable organizations will be impacted by these significant donations.”

Luggage Express is a division of Universal Express Logistics with its parent company being Universal Express. Luggage Express identified a significant niche in the travel industry – the transportation of passenger’s luggage from home or office to its final destination.

Universal Express' vision of worldwide delivery of packages and luggage for consumers, the unification of a private postal system, and transportation and equipment leasing options are just the beginning of the World of Universal Express. A challenging global economy has grown over the past decade. Internet, catalog and retail sales continue to mandate an inexpensive and responsive final mile Domestic and International delivery network. That innovative and outsourced final mile network continues to be addressed by Universal Express, Inc.

Universal Express, Inc. is a Pillar Partner of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment. Pillar Partners is a special designation and collection of benefits developed to recognize the organization’s key marketing partners. Pillar Partners receive exclusive benefits such as branded recognition throughout the BankAtlantic Center, permanent signage on the arena horseshoe fascia, print advertising in SSE publications, exclusive rights to the Pillar Partners logo, identification at arena VIP entrances, permanent VIP parking and exclusive Partner trips.

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Home to more than 185 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center is consistently a top 15 worldwide venue according to Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of the Sinatra Theatre presented by BankAtlantic and three monthly South Florida publications: Live On Stage Credentials, Unrestricted and Panthers Insider.
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