The Corpus Christi IceRays will honor members of the military and first responders on Saturday, November 11th when they host their 10th annual Stars & Stripes Night, presented by First Title Company, Whataburger, Navy Federal Credit Union and Roto-Rooter. The game will be played against the Topeka RoadRunners at 7:05 p.m. at the American Bank Center.
The event began during the 2008-09 season in large part due to Brent Chesney, CEO of First Title Company, and IceRays General Manager Pat Dunn teaming up with a desire to honor those who protect the Coastal Bend community and beyond. Along with Whataburger, Navy Federal Credit Union and Roto-Rooter, all five organizations have teamed together to organize and support the theme night and its message. Since the event’s inception, it is one of the most popular games to date with an average of over 5,000 fans over the last nine seasons. Last season, 5,154 were drawn into the building and on Feb. 7, 2015, the IceRays set a junior franchise attendance record with 6,965 fans during Stars & Stripes Night.
“When I proposed the idea for the Stars and Stripes IceRays game many years ago, I had no idea how important it would become for our first responders, their families and this community,” Chesney said. “To be able to thank all those who protect us now and in the past, as well as their families by being a part of this Stars and Stripes game is an honor for me individually and for my company First Title Company. To those who we honor, know that you are never forgotten and thank you!”
The IceRays have been delivering ticket vouchers to all first responders, law enforcement officials and military members around the area as a display of gratitude for their continued service and protection of Corpus Christi, Nueces County, surrounding counties and cities, and the United States of America. All members of the military–both past and present–can show their military I.D. at the American Bank Center Box Office to receive free entry into the game.
“I am very honored to have served our great country,” IceRays Assistant Coach Ryan Anderson said. “I am also honored to be a part of the IceRays organization as we honor our veterans.” Anderson served in the U.S. Navy for six years as an Electronics Technician. He completed four deployments: two in the Persian Gulf, one in Djibouti and one in the Black Sea.
The military-themed jerseys the IceRays will wear on both Friday and Saturday night will be available to the public for bidding in the post-game jersey auction immediately following Saturday’s game in Section 112. The IceRays will also be hosting a post-game skate with the players, presented by Braselton Homes, right after both games.
Stars & Stripes Night is also a Family 4-Pack Night. Fans can purchase four tickets and receive four hot dogs and four sodas for just $48. For more information on the evening’s proceedings, contact the IceRays Front Office at 361-814-PUCK.
Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: “What a burger!” Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, 100 percent beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 800 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $2 billion annually. Visit www.whataburger.com for more information.
About First Title Company
First Title Company is a locally owned company that has served the Coastal Bend for over 50 years. The company has had different names (CC Title, First American Title) but throughout has always been consistent in providing the best customer service in the industry. With faces of experience that provide more experience than any other title company in the Coastal Bend, First Title Company appreciates and works hard for your business. For more information, visit www.firsttitlecompany.com or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/First.Title.Company.
About Navy Federal Credit Union
Navy Federal Credit Union is an American credit union headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, chartered and regulated under the authority of the National Credit Union Administration. Navy Federal is the biggest natural member credit union in the United States, both in net assets and in membership. As of May 2017, it had over $81 billion USD in assets, and nearly 7 million members. A Navy Federal branch is located at 6551 S. Staples Street in Corpus Christi. For more information, visit www.navyfederal.org or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NavyFederal/.
Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service provides plumbing repair, sewer and drain services to residential and commercial customers. It is an American company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was founded in 1935, originally specializing in clearing tree roots and other obstructions from sewer lines. Today it employs thousands of plumbers, sewer and drain service technicians and remains the largest provider of plumbing repair, sewer and drain cleaning services in North America. Roto-Rooter also employs manufacturing techs and assembly workers, and offers home and business sewer and drain cleaning services using its patented, proprietary Roto-Rooter machine. It is located at 222 Flato Road in Corpus Christi. For more information, visit www.rotorooter.com/corpuschristi/ or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RotoRooter/.
About Mike Shaw Toyota
Mike Shaw Toyota is a leading Toyota dealer near Corpus Christi that offers huge savings on all new Toyota and used vehicles. They also provide provide drivers around Robstown, TX with an exceptional service department. Mike Shaw Toyota provides services to Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Portland, Alice, and Rockport drivers. They continue to be one of the most trusted and respected Toyota dealers in Texas thanks to their affordable pricing, expert sales and service teams, and a customer-first philosophy. For more information, visit www.mikeshawtoyota.com.
The IceRays return to the American Bank Center after a ten-game road stretch on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:05 p.m. to kick off the weekend against the Topeka RoadRunners. Book your tickets on Ticketmaster or by contacting the IceRays Front Office at 361-814-PUCK. In addition, stay connected with the IceRays on Facebook (/CorpusChristiIceRays), Twitter (@goicerays), YouTube (IceRays TV), Instagram (CorpusChristiIceRays), and Snapchat (@goicerays).