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Only 117 More Days* Until Opening Game!

Released 9 December 2013

Winterfest(A slight role reversal as Rocky "rings the bell," while Lt. Manny Echavarria works the "thunder sticks.")

Only 117 More Days* Until Opening Game!

Salvation Army Helps Rock Cats Count Down

NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Rock Cats held their annual Winterfest, on Saturday, December 7, at New Britain Stadium. This celebration featured arts and crafts for the kids (or kids at heart), face painting, photos with Santa and Rocky, free food and drinks, inflatables, and in total... just a lot of fun! Guests were asked to make a donation: new books; games; and/or gloves, coats, hats, and scarves to The Salvation Army for distribution to families in need of help for the holidays. Everyone that donated received a ticket to opening night on April 3, courtesy of the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and a pass for the University of Hartford Hawks Men's Basketball game on December 22.

Winterfest(Photo from New Britain Rock Cats Facebook photo album.)

Families started arriving early and never stopped coming! Most brought toys and games and dropped them into the collection boxes at the front gate or kids put money into The Salvation Army's Red Kettle. Salvation Army New Britain Associate Corps Officer, Lieutenant Emmanuel Echavrria, worked the gate and the crowd kept him busy collecting gifts and passing out "official Salvation Army thunder sticks." All of the kids and Lt. Echavarria seemed to enjoy making noise with their new toys. We thank the fans and the Rock Cats for their wonderful generosity and continued support, and we hope to see everyone at the opening game on April 3!

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