Condor's use unique promotions to help local charities

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condor's hockey team is well-known for their unique promotion ideas, but what you might not know is it's those fundraising antics that enable the team to donate millions to local charities.

To date the team has donate 4.3 million dollars to various local charities, according to Condor's President Matt Riley.

The team has received national attention countless times for promotions like "Charlie Sheen night", themed jersey auctions and the recent contract offer to a pop star.

Riley spoke with 23ABC about his serious offer to Justin Bieber earlier this years, "he never responded, or I should say he hasn't responded to date."

There's also been controversy with some of those eye-catching promotions, usually involving the team's archrival the Stockton Thunder.

Riley explained one giveaway item, "the toilet plunger had the Stockton logo on the business side of the plunger."

City leaders in the troubled Northern California city voiced their opposition to being the "butt" of jokes. One promotion titled "Our City Isn't Bankrupt Night" has now been modified to tonight's "Boomtown Bakersfield Night" against Stockton.

No matter what off the wall ideas the team comes up with, they always keep our local charities in mind.

This Saturday the team will auction off special "Jake Varner Gold Medal" jerseys and the money raised will go toward the "League of Dreams", a local non-profit that introduces sports to local disabled children.




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