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Wolves don commemorative St. Patrick’s Day jerseys for charity

The Chicago Wolves are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by wearing exclusive jerseys, presented by Jewel-Osco, to raise money for Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago and Chicago Wolves Charities.

The Wolves will wear the specialty jerseys for their home games on Wednesday, March 11, Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15. The jerseys, created by Wolves senior graphic designer Troy Mueller, will be available via auction and raffle as part of the team’s 19th St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser.

Easter Seals, the primary beneficiary, operates the Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research in Chicago that serves the growing autism community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 eight-year-olds have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30 percent higher rate than just three years before.

“Unfortunately, you’re hearing more and more about children being diagnosed on the autism spectrum,” said COURTNEY MAHONEY, the Wolves’ senior vice president of operations. “This year, we want to showcase the amazing work that Easter Seals does with children who’ve been diagnosed with ASD. They do a tremendous job with their school and supporting these kids. We really want to raise money for their cause because they do a great job.”

Right wing Shane Harper, who ranks second in the American Hockey League with 25 goals, has taken the lead on behalf of Easter Seals. The 26-year-old Valencia, Calif., native will wear a different jersey in each of the three games and they’ll be available via raffle, silent auction, and online auction.

Forwards Philip McRae and Benn Ferriero and defenseman David Shields will join HARPER in having their jerseys available through in-game raffles. Tickets are $5 apiece or five for $20. The jersey worn by center Colin Fraser will be available via blind auction. Fans can win all of the other limited-edition jerseys during the silent auction that begins on March 11 in Allstate Arena’s Southeast Lobby and closes at the end of the second intermission on March 15.

The Wolves also are conducting an Autism Awareness Drive, presented by Arlington International Racecourse, during these three games. The team encourages fans to bring iTunes gift cards as well sensory items such as Slinkies, Silly Putty, Koosh Balls and stress balls that will be donated to the Autism Society of Illinois. For each donation, fans receive a free child’s entry voucher to Arlington International Racecourse as well as an entry for the “A Day At the Races” grand prize.

To learn more about the St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser as well as ticket specials for home games, visit ChicagoWolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.