Kings add a meaningful twist to Fan Appreciation Day
The Kings have designated Saturday’s game at Staples Center as Fan Appreciation Day, giving fans chances to win prizes that include game-worn jerseys to be handed out by players after the regular-season finale against the Ducks.
One fan will win a car, and others will take home signed merchandise, tickets and other gifts from team sponsors.
The team will announce the winners of various awards selected by the media, the players, the Kings Care Foundation and the Kings Booster Club.
The festivities also will include a bone-marrow registry drive across from Section 115 in an effort to help an ailing Kings fan.
The Kings and Be the Match, a national marrow-donor program that matches patients with donors and helps advance medical research, organized the drive to help 19-year-old Tanner Raboin, a college student who is battling chronic granulomatous disease. The genetic disorder compromises the immune system.
Raboin's name was entered in the national marrow-donor registry three months ago, but a match has not been found. He is being treated by the National Institutes of Health. The registration process is brief -- and it could save someone's life.
-- Helene Elliott
Photo: Kings fans at a game May 2, 2001. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times