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Oswego Sub Shop Named Official Lunch Sponsor of The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic

The Oswego Sub Shop will be the official lunch sponsor at this year’s Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic. The Oswego Sub Shop will serve lunch at the turn during the golf tournament on Monday, July 25th. Shown pictured recently at the Oswego Sub Shop are from left to right: Kevin Caraccioli, Dream Big Event Organizer; Bill Greene, Jr, owner of the Oswego Sub Shop; and Tim Graber, Dream Big Committee Member and 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic Coordinator.

Oswego, NY – The Oswego Sub Shop will serve as the “Official Lunch Sponsor” once again this year for the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic, to be held July 25th at the Oswego Country Club, according to Event Organizer Kevin Caraccioli.

“We’re very pleased to have the Oswego Sub Shop join us once again as our lunch sponsor at the golf event,” said Caraccioli. “We always appreciate the support that the Oswego Sub Shop provides this event, and the Greene Family has been a strong part of our community’s hockey family for years.”

The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation was established in 2007 by Oswego-native, NHL hockey player, Stanley Cup Champion, and U.S. Olympian Erik Cole. The foundation and this year’s golf/hockey events will benefit youth hockey programs, as well as children who are suffering from cancer and other diseases.

The Oswego Sub Shop, established in 1969, is located at 106 West Bridge Street in Oswego and offers a variety of subs, delis, wraps and salads. The restaurant is newly renovated accommodating a new bakery, more seating, and the addition of new menu items including breakfast options.

The restaurant is proud to offer one particular entrée, “The Erik Cole Special” – a Texas Hot Bacon Cheeseburger Sub with everything but tomatoes.

“The Oswego Sub Shop is an icon in Oswego and Central New York and to have them continue to be a part of this event year after year is great,” said Cole. “I am looking forward to seeing Bill and his family at the event, and of course stopping in for the Cheeseburger Special.”

According to Caraccioli, this year’s golf tournament will showcase Cole, as well as other NHL players, national and regional media, and local celebrities. Celebrities committed thus far include: Carolina Hurricane Teammates Joe Corvo and Justin Peters, as well as NHL player and Fulton-native Rob Schremp.

The golf event will be a four-person captain-n-crew format, and corporate teams will receive 18 holes of golf at the Oswego Country Club, golf cart, lunch, cocktail party, dinner, tee and green signage and a gift bag. Individual fees include everything but the tee and green signage. Tickets for the cocktail party and dinner can be purchased separately for $50 per person.

Breakfast, registration and goodie bag pickup, as well as use of the Oswego Country Club Driving Range and Putting Green will be available from 9-11 a.m. Team photos and celebrity introductions will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Cocktails and a silent auction begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner, an awards presentation, and live auction starting at 6 p.m.

A light breakfast and coffee for the hockey and golf events will be served, as well as the Oswego Sub Shop lunch at the turn during the golf tournament.

In addition to the traditional golf event, the 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic will return as young regional hockey and sledge hockey players show off their talents at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center Ice Arena on July 22-24.

This year’s weekend activities will also include the Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit from Toronto on July 23rd at the Campus Center, as well as an NHL Player Exhibition that day, as Cole and many of his NHL friends and teammates take the ice to show off their unique talents. In addition, the popular hockey-themed musical group The Zambonis will perform at the Campus Center during the NHL Player Exhibition.

The field of teams for both the 3-on-3 youth hockey classic and golf tournament have been filled according to Caraccioli. For more information on tickets for the dinner/silent auction for Monday evening please contact the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation.

For more information, contact the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation at (315) 887-0256, visit www.ecdreambig.com, the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Facebook page, or email erikcoledreambig@gmail.com.

The Zambonis to Perform at 2011 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Event in Oswego on July 23rd

Oswego, NY – The 2011 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic will once again be held in Oswego on July 22-25. This year’s event will feature a live performance by the hockey-themed musical group, The Zambonis.

The popular hockey-rock musical group, The Zambonis, will perform at 7 pm at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center on July 23rd during the NHL Player Exhibition. They will perform hockey favorites including “I Want to Drive a Zamboni” and “Hockey Monkey.”

The Zambonis were formed in 1991 by defensemen, guitarist and singer Dave Schneider when he envisioned a group that played nothing but songs about hockey. When explaining the band’s one of a kind style Schneider says, “We’re the only band in the world whose two biggest influences are The Beatles and Wayne Gretzky!”

The band has released many full length CDs as well as many popular singles. Their songs can be heard on NHL, NCAA and minor league hockey play lists around the country. In 2002 The Zambonis opened the NHL All-Star Game alongside Jewel and Five for Fighting. The NHL has commissioned the Zambonis to compose theme songs for the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche. In addition, The Zambonis have extensively toured with the Stanley Cup.

The Zambonis feature: Dave Schneider (Captain, guitar) Jon Aley (guitar, bass, winger), Shawn Fogel (every instrument/position), Mat Orefice (drums, enforcer) Tom Andrukevich (bass, team guru), Cary Pollick (telecaster/twang), Tarquin Katis (hardcore vocalist, center), Peter Katis (Producer, chippy but solid defensemen), and Matt Gonzales (Hockey Monkey).

The Zambonis performed previously in Oswego during the 2008 Harborfest.

For more information, contact the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation at (315) 887-0256, visit www.ecdreambig.com, the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Facebook page, or email erikcoledreambig@gmail.com.

2011 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic Features NHL Player Exhibition, Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit and The Zambonis in Concert in Oswego on July 22-25

Oswego-native Erik Cole in action for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. The 2006 Stanley Cup Champion and U.S. Olympian will return to Oswego on July 22-25 for the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic Weekend.

Oswego, NY – The 2011 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic once again will be held in Oswego on July 22-25 highlighted by NHL star and Oswego native Erik Cole, along with other NHL players participating in an NHL Player Exhibition, a Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit and the musical group, The Zambonis, performing live, as well as the annual 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic and golf event.

New to this year’s event will be an NHL Player Exhibition scheduled for Saturday evening at the Campus Center Ice Arena, as Cole and other visiting NHL players including current and former Carolina Hurricanes teammates Joe Corvo, Justin Peters, and Andrew Hutchinson, as well as Fulton-native Robbie Schremp will showcase their talents for the community, while the popular hockey-themed musical group, The Zambonis, perform live.

Also new this year will be the Hockey Hall of Fame’s traveling exhibit. Direct from Toronto, the Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit will be on display at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center on Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m. and continuing up until the NHL Player Exhibition.
The weekend will face off with the traditional 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic, beginning on Friday, July 22 and skating through Sunday, July 24 at the Campus Center Ice Arena at SUNY Oswego.  The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic will tee off on Monday, July 25 at the Oswego Country Club.

“I am so proud of the progress we have made with the Dream Big Foundation, and how our annual weekend outing continues to broaden with activity,” said Cole. “The introduction of the NHL Player Exhibition, Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit, and the music of The Zambonis, will be great additions this year.  Last year’s golf and hockey classic was a tremendous success.  The incredible support for our organization and its mission from the Oswego and Central New York communities, as well as all of our generous sponsors including Pathfinder Bank and Bauer, continue to help grow the weekend and make it a huge success each and every year.” The 2006 Stanley Cup champion and U.S. Olympian and his wife, Emily, established the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation in 2007. The non-profit organization was created to support youth hockey programs, as well as children who are suffering from cancer and other diseases.

NHL PLAYER EXHIBITION
The Campus Center Ice Arena will take center stage on Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m., as Cole takes the ice with many of his NHL friends and teammates to show off their unique talents during an exhibition game. Several more players along with Corvo, Peters, Hutchinson and Schremp are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

HOCKEY HALL OF FAME EXHIBITION
The Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit will provide spectators with an interactive and informative showcase of “all things hockey” on Saturday. Exhibits from Toronto will be showcased in this unique opportunity for hockey fans of all ages. Included in the exhibit will be two trophies on permanent display at the Hall of Fame, a large selection of memorabilia, and interactive games for young and old.  Admission is a donation of $5.00 per person for adults.  Children are free. Additionally, the admission price includes the NHL Player Exhibition game and The Zambonis concert, as well as a chance to win a game worn 2011 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation NHL Player Autographed Jersey.

THE ZAMBONIS IN CONCERT
Also adding to the festivities on Saturday evening, the popular hockey-themed musical group, The Zambonis, will perform at the Campus Center during the NHL Player Exhibition. They will perform hockey favorites including “I Want to Drive the Zamboni” and “Hockey Monkey.”  Led by front man Dave Schneider, The Zambonis are no strangers to Oswego as they performed during the 2008 Harborfest and will add the perfect soundtrack for the evening event.

YOUTH HOCKEY CLASSIC
The 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic will once again show off the skills of youth hockey players from across Central New York and beyond as Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam divisions will be offered. The USA Hockey sanctioned event will have each team play four games during the weekend with the puck being dropped for the first round on Friday evening, July 22.  Included once again this year will be four sled (sledge) hockey teams returning for the 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic.
“The hockey competition has been everything we’ve hoped it would be when we introduced it a few years back,” said Cole.  “The sledge division continues to showcase an amazing pool of talent, and allows these dedicated athletes a venue to also exhibit their skills and love for the game.”
Sledge hockey, commonly known as sled hockey in the United States, was invented in the early 1960s in Stockholm, Sweden at a rehabilitation center. The sport was designed to allow participants who have a physical disability to play ice hockey and it has grown to be one of the most popular sports in Paralympic Games.
Registration information is available online at www.ecdreambig.com. All participants will receive team jerseys and the games are free for all spectators to enjoy.

GOLF CLASSIC
According to Event Organizer Kevin Caraccioli, Pathfinder Bank once again will sponsor this year’s golf tournament. Cole, and numerous other players and celebrities will be on hand again this year.

“As always, I look forward to some friendly competition on the golf course again this year, and having it all capped off with the cocktail party, dinner and auctions afterwards,” said Cole. “Obviously, none of this could be done without all the volunteers and everyone who comes out to participate and support a great cause.  I am sincerely thankful to all.”

The golf event will be a four-person captain-n-crew format.  Corporate teams will receive 18 holes of golf at the Oswego Country Club, golf cart, lunch, cocktail party, dinner, tee and green signage and a gift bag. Individual fees include everything but the tee and green signage. Tickets for the cocktail party and dinner can be purchased separately for $50 per person.

Pathfinder Bank, Bauer, the Carolina Hurricanes organization, the NHL, NHLPA, and other local supporters have provided for a variety of on-course activities, as in previous years.

A light breakfast and coffee for the hockey and golf events will be served, as well as lunch at the turn during the golf tournament.

For more information, contact the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation at (315) 887-0256, visit www.ecdreambig.com, the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Facebook page, or email erikcoledreambig@gmail.com.

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