The Nashville Predators are teaming up with the Fallen Soldiers March to offer fans a chance to see their team play and help wounded veterans in need get service dogs to ease their lives.
The public can show support the Fallen Soldiers March by buying tickets to the Nashville Predators games on March 21, March 28 and April 4.
The Fallen Soldiers March is well known in Wilson County for the annual march on Veterans Day. Last year, the march came from the four points of the compass with four 30-mile routes. The march began in Nashville’s Legislative Plaza, Murfreesboro, Carthage and Hartsville and converged on Lebanon Square.
Each year, organizers encourage everyone - veterans, family, friends and patriots - to join them as they mark the occasion by remembering those who have sacrificed in the U.S. military.
Jim Retzke, president of the Fallen Soldiers March organization, is excited about the Predators stepping up to help out the cause. He has high hopes people will take the steps needed to buy tickets that will help his organization buy the expensive service dogs.
"My goal is to have 10,000 tickets sold," he said. "At 50 percent, that would be $150,000 for service dogs. A trained dog costs between $15,000 and $30,000. If we get that money, we're buying."
Retzke also hopes everyone who learns of the project will spread the word about the games and how much the wounded warriors benefit from the skills and companionship of dogs trained to aid them.
"We're hoping that the word will spread via Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites," he said.
To help out the cause, the Nashville Predators have forged a partnership with the Fallen Soldiers March to raise funds to help match service dogs with wounded veterans, with 50 percent of the proceeds from every specially discounted ticket bought through a customized Fallen Soldiers March dedicated Ticket Master link to be donated to the Fallen Soldiers March.
Retzke said due to the short season, games are selling out fast, so he encourages everyone to buy their tickets soon to ensure support of the Fallen Soldiers March and get the best choice of seats. The games will be March 21 against Calgary Flames, March 28 against Phoenix Coyotes and April 4 against Columbus Blue Jackets. Face off is at 7 p.m.
Go to nashvillepredators.com/fallensoldiersmarch to buy tickets and use the special offer code “fsm."
Click “Find Tickets” for the game desired and enter the special offer code. First-time users should enter their email address under “create an account” and continue to the purchase page. Returning users will not need to create a new account unless their information has changed. Tickets will be emailed directly to the person ordering the tickets.
"We want to get people matched with a dog training center as soon as possible," Retzke said.