Checkers, Diamonds Direct to give away one-karat diamond

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by Charlotte Checkers

WCNC.com

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One lucky lady will enter Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday evening to watch a hockey game and leave with a one-karat diamond courtesy of Diamonds Direct of South Park.

On Saturday, March 13, during the Checkers fourth annual “Pink in the Rink”, the first 1,000 ladies that register at the Diamonds Direct concourse area table will be handed an envelope that may contain a real one Karat diamond with an estimated value of $4,000. In order to verify if the “diamond” handed out is genuine, ladies will have to make their way to the Diamonds Direct location in South Park at 4521 Sharon Road in order to verify if their envelope contains the special prize or a cubic zirconium.

In the past three seasons, the Checkers have raised over $72,200 through jersey auctions, ticket fundraising and merchandise sales for “Pink in the Rink”-related charities, including Carolina Breast Friends, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society.

During the event, the Checkers will don special pink jerseys that will be auctioned off live after the game. The Checkers will also raise money through fundraising tickets and merchandise sales.

The funds raised from the “Pink in the Rink” game will be used for the design and construction of the “Pink House”, a “one-stop-shop” where breast cancer survivors have the opportunity to meet with each other in a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. They will participate in monthly educational/social meetings as well as fitness/yoga training, nutritional education, wig/scarf boutique and other counseling and creative workshops.

The Checkers (32-20-7) will host the Gwinnett Gladiators on Thursday, Mar. 11 for “Hockey for Haiti”. Season tickets are now on sale for the inaugural AHL season in 2010-11 and 40-game packages start as low as $200. Visit www.gocheckers.com or call 704-342-4ICE for more information.

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