Thursday January 9, 2014

We are slowly creeping out of the Polar Vortex.  That was as rough a stretch of days as I remember.  Dan, Erin and I found some dark humor in a news story on Monday.  See, the first Monday after the holiday season is known at Blue Monday and research has shown that it's the most depressing day of the year.  This year, that day not only had a high temp of -14, but it fell on the 6th.  You have to laugh, and cry, about that one...

But, we survived the cold and the anniversary by spending the day together.  Erin wanted to look at old photo albums.  There are some precious images in those pages.   Allow me to share just one:

Speaking of photos, we are trying something fun this year - Shannon Shirts Around the World.  We love it when we see people wearing the various Shannon shirts that have been produced over the past three years.  So, we thought we'd take it to the next level and see how far and wide those shirts go.  So, take a picture someplace cool and send it to us.  Here's a link to the page on the foundation website so you can see where they've been so far:   

Now, we must press on with the work that needs to be done.  There is much going on with the foundation over the next few weeks, so here's the update:

Sat. 1/11 & Sun. 1/12 - 14B level Shannon Cup - Graham Arena
We will be at Graham Arena Saturday from 5-9pm and Sunday from 8-11am with t-shirts, hats,         books and even coffee mugs for sale. 

Tues. 1/14 - Shannon Night at Mayo Girls Hockey - Graham Arena - 7:15pm
Anyone wearing a Shannon Shirt or an RYHA jersey can get in to the girl's game free.  Fun events like chuck a puck and a chance to go on the ice to shoot and win a signed copy of Determined to Matter.

Thurs. 1/16 - DTM Book Signing - Barnes & Noble, Apache Mall - 7:00-8:30pm 
On the off chance you don't have the book yet...or come buy a copy for a friend!  Please, please somebody show up...

Fri. - Sun. Jan 17-19 - 14A level Shannon Cup - Graham Arena
Once again, we will be hanging out at the rink all weekend, selling our goods.  

Sat. Jan. 25th - Scholarship Night - JM vs. Mayo Boys - Graham Arena - 7:15pm
We will be awarding this year's recipients on the ice during the boy's game.  Come out and see which boy and girl receive this year's $2000 Shannon O'Hara Memorial Scholarships.

So, I guess I'm in sales mode today.  We continue to need support as we attempt to build the SOF fund to our goal of $100,000.  We're 40% of the way there...  This should be a big fundraising month for us and a chance to give out those scholarships again.  We are excited about that.  We hope you can join us.

January is almost 1/3 over.  From where I sit, that's a really good thing...