DTBL- Defending the Blue Line Equipment drive
The tally of new and used equipment collected was over 900 pieces, plus 300 jerseys/socks/misc. Cathy’s Power Skating (CPH) linked a partnership with Graf Canada and DTBL. Graf Canada donated 60 full sets of youth equipment. CPH donate all the roller hockey equipment to the Dream On Foundation. All of the hockey equipment donated was shipped to the DTBL headquarters in Minnesota, where it will be sanitized & redistributed globally upon request to children of military members and military personnel.
Keeping Hockey Alive for Our Nation’s Heroes - Click here to read more >
Cathy joined Defending the Blue Line as their NorCal Representative and Super Committee Member of Corporate Partnerships & Marketing for DTBL Defending the Blue Line is a 501(c)3 charity for more information or to donate CLICK HERE.
Cathy’s Power Skating became a sponsor for The SliverCreek Sportsplex Foundation (formerly, Dream on Foundation)
The Silver Creek Sportsplex Foundation aims to ensure that every child, regardless of financial ability, is able to participate in local amateur athletic training and competition. The Foundation strives to develop athletes’ character and self-assurance, teach fundamental athletic skills, and expose young people to the atmosphere and camaraderie of sports. We believe that every young person deserves the chance to participate in youth sports and gain the many benefits that supervised amateur athletic programs provide. Mental and physical well-being, confidence, ethical character and good sportsmanship are qualities that last a lifetime.
Equipment Drive for DTBL at Cathy’s Power Skating Series
Collected-250 pieces of Equipment 180 soft goods.
Coach Cathy Andrade donates coaching grants for military families.
Some recipients of the private hockey skating training are Ashley Doyle, Zeke Salata, and Julianne Alvares.
Funds were generated for DTBL through sponsorship, $15,000 was raised for Brent and Susan Burn's S.J. Sharks game suite; their luxury suite is a huge 'give back and thanks' to all military personnel and their families. Cathy was also honored as DTBL's Representative for hosting military personnel.
Feb 2, 2014
Cathy Andrade chaired the first “Skate for the Troops & Junior Sharks” fundraising event - raising $62,000 plus the equipment drive yielded 500 pieces of hockey gear.
Successful Skate for the Troops & Jr. Sharks Story - Click here to read more >
Cathy’s Power Hour offers grants for military families- Julianne Alvares was a 2014 recipient.
2/2016 - "Dallas Stars Alumni/Military game" and Barracuda Charity Donation for DTBL
2015-16 Military private coaching grant recipient- Tommy Cogan
Thanks for your service-
Major Tommy Cogan
Marine Special Operations Officer
Student, Defense Analysis Department
Naval Postgraduate School
July 2016- Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund
Cathy trained Ben Scarf, who’s inspiration leads him to develop a fund raising site to help support the devastation after uncontrollable fires take Fort McMurray (see his words below).
Signed Memorabilia was collected for Ben from:
Evgeni Nabokov https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evgeni_Nabokov,
Joel Ward https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Ward_(ice_hockey), Joel donated a signed Grant Fuhr jersey https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Fuhr
and Viktor Tikhonov. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Tikhonov_(ice_hockey,_born_1988)
"Proceeds from this relief fund will go towards the town of Fort McMurray in honor of my friend Jason, hockey coach Mike, and all those who lost their homes. I want to do everything in my power to he from this relief fund will go towards the town of Fort McMurray in honor of my friend Jason, hockey coach Mike, and all those who lost their homes. I want to do everything in my power to help get the city back on its feet.” -Ben Scarf
8/2016- Equipment Drive Success
Part 1 of our Equipment Drive Success for United Heroes League (formerly Defending the Blue Line)...August 8th and 9th Power Hour hosted an equipment drive & collected upwards of 1000 pieces of Hockey Equipment ...Thank you Junior Sharks & Bay Area Hockey families!
This event would not be possible without the Shukait family and the Military personnel that volunteer hours of work- Angela Cobra TSgt Ca ANG, SGT Steve Rodseth, Darin Pon, Tai Machey Shittu, SSgt. Bryson Barnette and SFC Jeremy Krabbe.
Part 2 Calvin Brockett, former Power Play owner, made an historic donation of brand new hockey equipment to UHL (United Heroes League, formally Defending the Blue Line)...hundreds probably thousands of military kids will be touched by this massive giving!
Our team arrived to sort, pallet and pack what we guessed would be 30+ pallets, but the number ended up over double - 65+ Pallets...really unbelievable. Heartfelt gratitude to Calvin and also the extremely hard work by the Andrade & Shukait families, Carla Whyte, Angela Cobra TSgt., and SMSgt Brian Cantrell and Son...Team effort at it's best.
Our Military Volunteers ~ Thanks so much!
Captain Darren Pon, Combat Rescue Officer, 131st Rescue Squadron, 129th Rescue Wing
Senior Master Sergeant Brian Cantrell, Fabrication Flight Chief, 129th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 129th Rescue Wing
Staff Sergeant Bryson Barnette, Combat Arms Program Manager, 131st Rescue Squadron, 129th Rescue Wing
Senior Airmen Tajudeen Mackey-Shittu, Knowledge Operations Journeyman, 129th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 129th Rescue Wing
Sergeant First Class CA National Guard US Army, SFC Jeremy Krabbe
Sergeant (SGT) STEV RODSETH and ANGELA L. COBRA, TSgt, CA ANG
Joint Force Headquarters
Military Department - State of CA
Operations & Logistics NCO - A3OS
September 2016- $1700 donated
The soft goods, jerseys and all clothing collected from Calvin Brockett and the last equipment drive were sold; together with donations $1700 was generated for UHL. Also, the remaining items were donated to the Celebrity Luncheon (see details 2/17) and all Military members in attendance received a Shark Jersey.
What do you get when you join two foundations, sports celebrities, people who care and an amazing team of volunteers? You get a phenomenal event that benefits the Silver Creek Sportsplex Foundation and United Heroes League!
United Heroes League was asked to partner with the Silver Creek Sportsplex Foundation to host their 5th Celebrity Luncheon on February 27, 2017. The missions of the two foundations mirror each other so it was a natural fit. David Maley, founder of the Silver Creek Sportsplex Foundation and Cathy Andrade, United Heroes League NorCal representative, collaborated on how to make this event happen.
This year’s event doubled in size with 50 tables set up on a roller rink at the Silver Creek Sportsplex. A wonderful meal was provided by Myles McEntee, owner of High Five at the Plex. Master of Ceremonies for the event was play-by-play announcer and Bay Area Hall of Famer Dan Rusanowsky. Randy Hahn, 5 Time Emmy Award Winner and TV play-by-play announcer and voice of the Sharks was our live auction expert. Attending were Brent Burns and Paul Martin who endorse UHL and are two of UHL’s 90+ professional athlete supporters. Guests included a group of San Jose Sharks players led by Captain Joe Pavelski, Sharks Coaches, Sharks Alumni, and Northern California Military service members. Also in attendance were other local athletes and two Bay Area Olympians, Edward Burke, hammer thrower and Polina Edmunds, figure skater.
This amazing event included many silent auction and live auction items and a raffle drawing of a beautiful gold and diamond necklace donated by Joe Escobar Diamonds along with a framed flag that was flown over Afghanistan. We are very appreciative to our main sponsors, Wayin and the Sharks Foundation, along with nine other sponsoring individuals and companies. We could not have been so successful without their support.
When all was said and done, this wonderful event raised over $115,000 for the Silver Creek Sportsplex Foundation and United Heroes League. The money raised will have a significant impact on Northern California and military families. A huge THANK YOU from the Silver Creek Sportsplex Foundation and United Heroes League goes to all who attended, sponsored, donated, and contributed. The event will help us continue to move forward honoring and supporting the families of our nation’s heroes.
U.S. Soccer to join forces with United Heroes League for soccer equipment drive in San Jose.
This soccer equipment drive will benefit children of military families here in the Bay Area. The drive took place the week leading up to the World Cup Qualifying match between USA and Honduras. Collection bins were placed at the San Pedro Square Market and Avaya Stadium and then the equipment was delivered to Moffett Field military base for distribution.
Thank you all for your support as we expand our reach for our nation’s heroes through other sports! Special thanks to Pam and Keith Shukait for their endless efforts!!!
September 2017- United Heroes League Camo Gala- Volunteer of the Year Award
The annual United Heroes League year’s Camo Gala was held in a Blackhawk UH-60 hangar at Holman Field in St. Paul, MN. The Gala featured a cocktail hour, seated dinner, sports memorabilia auction, celebrity guests, awards presentation, and an intimate private concert featuring, Nicholas David from The Voice! ~ Thank you for the endless efforts by many; this award is for all United Heroes League supporters, Cathy