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Announcing the 1st Summer Sucks, Drop the Puck! event…

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You may not know him personally but you’ve seen his work. Matter of fact, you see his work every second of every game inside Bridgestone Arena.

And he needs your help.

Nashville Predators’ Game Ops extraordinaire Ron Zolkower (whose official title is Presentation Producer) has been diabetic for 27 years. Over time, his body has lost the ability to recognize when he’s having a blood sugar crash or a blood sugar spike, putting him in dangerous territory on a daily basis. Imagine falling asleep at night knowing that, if your blood sugar dips too low, you won’t feel it until it’s too late. This has prompted Zolkower and his family to look for alternative ways to detect such fluctuations.

Enter man’s best friend.

Ears Eyes Nose and Paws is a non-profit organization in Carrboro, North Carolina. Their sole purpose is to train and place service dogs and diabetic assistance dogs. If he can achieve his goal of $8,000, Zolkower will travel to the Tar Heel State in just two short weeks in order to meet with the people (and canines) of Ears Eyes Nose and Paws in hopes of being matched up with either Duncan or Stella pictured above.

You can help him reach his goal by coming out to Tin Roof on Wednesday, May 30 at 6:00pm. Band Stage favorites Small Time Rockstars and SixWire will be performing, CMT’s Next Super Star Danielle Lauderdale will make an appearance and there’s even a silent auction featuring a customized Shea Weber autographed jersey, a customized Pekka Rinne autographed jersey and an authentic Nashville Predators retro white third jersey.

The good news — no, the GREAT news — is that Zolkower has already raised over $6,000 thanks to the generosity and selflessness of the Predators fanbase and the hockey world. With your help, this fundraising event will get him the other $2,000 he need to achieve his goal.

So come out to Tin Roof on Wednesday, May 30 and help a member of the Preds family.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can still contribute! CLICK HERE to donate to the cause.

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HEADLINE PHOTO CREDIT: Ears Eyes Nose and Paws // Facebook (permission pending)

INSERT PHOTO CREDITS: Ron Zolkower // Nashville Predators