Guilderland Police Department National Night Out
Last night Devils Dawg moseyed on over to Tawasentha Park for the National Night Out put on by the Guilderland Police Department Community Service Unit. This is an annual event that is designed to help Guilderland residents take back the night! It is the largest Crime Prevention gathering in town history and provides a great opportunity for residents to get to know their neighbors and community businesses.
Devil Dawg was able to take in all the sights, sounds and smells in what turned out to be a great event for all those that attended. He saw firetrucks and ambulances, and even the Police Mobile Command Center. He checked out some sweet muscle cars brought by the Adirondack Shelby Mustang car show, and some gorgeous Harley Davidsons. He also spent some time with some of his furry friends at the K-9 unit including a rescue blood hound that was almost as big as he was! He even ate some free ice-cream and popcorn while taking in the music of one of the Capital Districts favorite music acts, The Refrigerators.
Don’t worry, he still made time to give all the hugs and high fives he could handle. He even signed some autographs for some of his biggest fans. The night was designed to give local families a place to have fun and learn about safety, and to say it was a rousing success is an understatement! Can’t wait to come back next year!!!
For our next segment of thealbanydevils.com’s “Community Spotlight”, we feature the Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady. For more information on the organization, please visit its website bgcschenectady.org.
Back in the Saddle
Devil Dawg jumped on the Northway to Saratoga Springs and took part in the Saratoga racetrack’s open house. The main event for the day was the annual mascot race down the straight away. Devil Dawg got out to an early lead but faltered down the stretch. With UAlbany’s Damien coming in first, Devil Dawg wound up in fourth place. But in what can only be seen as a preview for this upcoming season, Devil Dawg beat Dax, the mascot of the rival Adirondack Phantoms, handily!
After proving he was the fastest AHL mascot in town, Devil Dawg made his way through the crowds, posing for pictures, giving out copious hugs and high fives and handing out Albany Devils wrist bands and stickers. There is no doubt that Saratoga racing season got off on the right foot!
GE Kids Day at the Plaza
Devil Dawg joined Albany local children at the GE Kids Day at the Empire State Plaza. This annual event was a rousing success as Devil Dawg and all the kids enjoyed the festivities. From live music and dancing, to games and a zoo exhibit featuring a kangaroo and a lemur, Devil Dawg made sure to get in on all the fun. But don’t worry, he left plenty of time to sign autographs, pose for pictures and give out countless hugs and high-fives!
The GE Kids Day at the Plaza is part of Summer ‘12 At The Plaza, a series of family friendly festivals and concerts presented free to the public.
Community Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity
In a new segment for thealbanydevils.com, Josh Heller (the voice of the Albany Devils) volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. Not only did he put his hammering skills to use, he also interviewed key members of the Habitat for Humanity team.
Walk 4 Friendship
Devil Dawg traveled up to Central Park in Schenectady to take part in the Walk 4 Friendship put together by The Friendship Circle. Walk 4 Friendship is a 5k/Family Walk that raises crucial funds and community awareness for The Friendship Circle - a nonprofit organization for individuals with special needs.
Upon arrival, Devil Dawg made the rounds, posing for pictures and of course giving everyone a HIGH-FIVE!! As the walk was set to begin, Devil Dawg helped lead everyone in some very important stretching exercises…Gotta stay limber! As the walk began, Devil Dawg made sure to show everyone his support and cheered them on as they made their way down the path.
Devil Dawg was so excited he could be a part of this walk, and from the looks on their faces, everyone was excited to see Devil Dawg. All in all, it was another great time for another great organization.
Dog Day Afternoon
Devil Dawg teamed up with his four legged friends at the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society for Paws in the Park! There was music and vendors and a pet-parade. There was also a competition for the pet and owner who look most alike as well as the best dressed pet (Devil Dawg tried to enter, but he was denied entrance because they thought it wouldn’t be fair to the other dogs). Not even some rain could dampen the day as Devil Dawg played with his doggy-friends as well as their owners. It was truly a great day in the park!
ACS Relay for Life
On Friday, Devil Dawg traveled to Christian Brothers Academy to take part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The event helps to raise money to fight cancer and has participants walking around a track non-stop all night long. To kick off the events they held a mascot race in which Devil Dawg was joined by Caddie from Cats Eye Pest Control, South Paw, Hooper of the Albany Legends, Damian from UAlbany, Barkley from the American Cancer Society and an appearance by Kung Foo Panda. The race got everyone excited for a great walk, and a great cause! You can watch the video for the race below.
Watch Devil Dawg compete in the Mascot Race at the American’s Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Christian Brothers Academy.
Military Family Fun Day
On Saturday, Devil Dawg and members of the Albany Devils Street Team traveled to Ballston Lake for the Military Family Fun Day/Picnic put on by the 8 District Elks Lodges. The event was for all Military personnel and Military Family Members and took place at the Clifton Park Elks Lodge.
Devil Dawg made the rounds while handing out Albany Devil stickers, tattoos, pencils and wrist bands. He was also there to help out kids and show them his best technique for shooting and scoring! He was even able to compete in the Cake Walk and won a cake that he gave to a youngster at the event.
The event wasn’t complete until Devil Dawg made his way to the petting zoo area that was set up nearby. He immediately made friends with giant bunny. Unfortunately, Devil Dawg was unable to ride the ponies that were there. All in all, it was a great time and a great cause!