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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm

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Stop by the Jacket Backers Table at Every Home Game!

It is usually located behind section 116, near the escalator from the McConnell Street Entrance, but may be relocated on a game-by-game basis at the Jackets' request.  Feel free to stop by at any game with your questions, comments or just to see what is going on with the Jacket Backers.

Community Power Play

$120 Raised To Date This Season for The Blue Jackets Foundation, thanks to Cam Atkinson's season opener #CommunityPowerPlay Goal!

THIS SEASON the Jacket Backers are again teaming up with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation to present our 2nd ANNUAL COMMUNITY POWER PLAY!!   For each Power Play Goal scored by the Blue Jackets, the Jacket Backers will make a donation to the Blue Jackets Foundation – and we’d love it if you’d join us and match!  Use the donation button below to show your support and Celebrate Life and Hockey!

NEW FOR 2014 – 2015 SEASON!!  We’re increasing our donations!!  For the first PP Goal scored in each game, we will donate $20 to the Foundation, for the second PP Goal we will donate $40 more, for the third PP Goal we will donate $60 more and so on. If a PP goal turns out to be our game winner, we will add another $100 to the Foundation.  Help us celebrate the joy of scoring more power play goals!


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Wednesday
Jun182014

JB now accepting Committee Volunteers and Officer Nominations!

Join us at our next planning meeting, our Offseason Get Together and Officer Elections to be held on Wednesday, June 18th, 6:30 pm at Winking Lizard Tavern - Crosswoods.  (See left sidebar for more info on location - we are in a private meeting room so YES, if there is a Game 7, we can watch together, game starts at 8 pm!)

We've recovered from last season's end and are ready to take care of offseason planning!  We miss you all... it would be great if you'd come and talk hockey and join us as we begin to plan for our next successful season.

We are currently accepting volunteers for our committees - Community Service, Travel, Membership/Arena Table Assistance, Activities, and Communications/Promotions.  What are you good at?  What would you like to try?  Let us know!  See you at the meeting or send a message to Julie at president@jacketbackers.org and let us know how you'd like to help.

We've changed our officer responsibilities a bit and added a few new ones - if you are interested in being an officer, nominations are currently open - send your nominations to nominations@jacketbackers.org  (You can head here for info on officer responsibilities and here for info on our elections process.) Nominations we've received to date are listed below - check back as we will continue to update this page until the day prior to elections.  We will also accept additional nominations on the evening of elections.  Thank you and good luck to those running!

NOMINATIONS RECEIVED AS OF JUNE 10 ARE AS FOLLOWS:

President - Julie Maurer

Vice President - Jason Harrison

Secretary - none yet received

Assistant Secretary - none yet received

Treasurer - Brian Maurer

Assistant Treasurer - Amber Rodriguez

Technical - Sara Hale

Community Service - Keith Risley

Travel - Chris Hapanowicz

Membership - David Baker

Arena Table Coordinator - Adam Wallace

Activities - Jessica Jones

Communications/Social Media - Michelle Harklau

Marketing/Promotions - Bethany Beaman

Creative Director - Andrew Kranek

Merchandising/Playoffs - none yet received

Regional Chapter Coordinator - Jennifer Earley

Officer at Large - Janice Burns

Thursday
Jun122014

Jacket Backers Summer Blood Drive - Saturday, June 14th!

The Jacket Backers are sponsoring a Blood Drive at Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday, June 14th!

Join us at 2435 Eakin Road, Columbus, OH 43204 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm in the Gymnasium!

Click here to make an appointment or call 1-800 RED CROSS to select your preferred donation time.  Walk-in donors are also welcome.  Donors are especially needed for the 10:30 - 11:30 am time slots. 

The American Red Cross and the Jacket Backers Thank You in advance for giving the gift of life this summer.  Help up to three central Ohio families while qualifying to win CBJ memorabilia provided by the Jacket Backers.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community.  Nationwide, someone needs a pint of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

If you'd like to volunteer for the registration table, please contact Keith at community_service@jacketbackers.org .  If you are planning on attending and would like to bring a snack to share at the refreshments table, you are welcome to do so.

**SAVE THE DATE...  Mark your calendar now for the 6th annual #3 Ryan Salmons Day of Giving/Blood Drive scheduled for December 13th (not the 6th as originally advertised).  More details forthcoming later this year.  For more information, contact drive coordinator Chris Tucker at (614) 309-6686.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Friday
Jun062014

Adopt-A-Highway Pickup on June 7th

Do you think you'd look good in a fluorescent yellow vest?  Ever wonder what the oddest thing you'd find along the side of the road might be?  Have you just always wanted to use one of those picker-upper things?

We've decided last-minute to pick up trash TOMORROW MORNING,  Saturday, June 7th, 9 am - wrapping up sometime before noon.  We may head out to grab a bite to eat afterwards.  If you'd like to help with our adopted highway, please contact Julie at president@jacketbackers.org and we'll send you the meet-up address and answer any other questions you may have.

Our Section of Highway is on I-71 between North Broadway and Hudson St.  Come help us keep Columbus beautiful!

Thursday
Apr242014

Round 1 - Game 6 Tickets Now Available

SOLD OUT!!! - ****We Have Playoff Tickets Available - SOLD OUT****!!!


Round 1 - Home Game 3

Monday, April 28, 7:00 pm
 
Section 208 - Rows M & N
 
$62.00 Each  - DO NOT ORDER ANY MORE - SOLD OUT COMPLETELY.  SORRY.
 
Please read Details below carefully.
 
The Jacket Backers have purchased a block of 40 tickets for each of the home playoff games in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  We are offering these tickets as a service to our members that are not season ticket holders or who have not been able to obtain tickets through other pre-sale methods.  We ask that you respect this and do not purchase these tickets for resale or if you have other ticket opportunities.
   
Ticket sales will be limited to a total of 2 tickets per paid member.
 
Purchasers' current paid member status will be verified.  If not a current paid member, you will be given an opportunity to bring your membership current.  If your membership is not made current, your purchase will be refunded and the tickets will be made available to the next purchaser.  If you know your membership is not current, you can renew now online.
 
The tickets will be sold on a first come - first served basis via the Paypal Button Below.  Please select the appropriate tickets you wish to purchase and click on the "Buy Now" Button.
  
Your tickets will be delivered electronically in pdf format to the email address specified and you will need to print them yourself.
 
We will fulfill as many of your requests as possible, but we expect demand to be high and we may sell out.  If we have received your request or payment and tickets are no longer available, we will notify you ASAP and refund your money in full.
*************DO NOT BUY TICKETS - WE ARE SOLD OUT COMPLETELY.  WE WILL BE REFUNDING MONEY TO THOSE OF YOU WHO WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE.*************

Thank you and ENJOY THE GAME!!  GO JACKETS!!
 

 

Friday
Apr112014

JB 2014 Group Playoffs Tickets Available Now! - **SOLD OUT!!**

We Have Playoff Tickets Available


Round 1 - Home Game 1 SOLD OUT
Home Game 2 SOLD OUT
Dates and Times TBA
 
Section 208 - Rows M & N
 
$62.00 Each 
 
Please read Details below carefully.
 
The Jacket Backers have purchased a block of 40 tickets for each of the home playoff games in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  We are offering these tickets as a service to our members that are not season ticket holders or who have not been able to obtain tickets through other pre-sale methods.  We ask that you respect this and do not purchase these tickets for resale or if you have other ticket opportunities.
   
Ticket sales will be limited to a total of 2 tickets per paid member. *****WE ARE SOLD OUT OF ALL TICKETS!! - DO NOT PURCHASE ANY MORE GAME TICKETS - ALL THOSE WHO HAVE TICKETS TO HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED!!  ****A member may split their 2 available tickets between games or use them both on either Home Game 1 or 2.  (If/when a Home Game 3 is announced, tickets will be made available to that game.)  
 
Purchasers' current paid member status will be verified.  If not a current paid member, you will be given an opportunity to bring your membership current.  If your membership is not made current, your purchase will be refunded and the tickets will be made available to the next purchaser.  If you know your membership is not current, you can renew now online.
 
The tickets will be sold on a first come - first served basis via the Paypal Button Below.  Please select the appropriate tickets you wish to purchase and click on the "Buy Now" Button.
  
Your tickets will be delivered electronically in pdf format to the email address specified and you will need to print them yourself.
 
We will fulfill as many of your requests as possible, but we expect demand to be high and we may sell out.  If we have received your request or payment and tickets are no longer available, we will notify you ASAP and refund your money in full.  AND REMEMBER - TICKETS ARE CURRENTLY COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
Thank you and ENJOY THE GAME!!  GO JACKETS!!
 

Select Your Game and Click "Buy Now"

Wednesday
Apr092014

2014 Playoffs JB Tee Shirts Now Available!

PLAYOFFS 2014!! JB Tee Shirt - Click to enlarge.

 

Show your Jacket Backers pride by sporting one of our brand-spanking new 2014 PLAYOFFS! JB Jacket Backers tee shirts! Shirts should be available by 4/11/14! 

Hot off the screenpress, these limited-edition tee shirts can be yours for just $15 each or $20 delivered by USPS priority mail.

We'll have them in hand at our PLAYOFFS game watching events for as long as they last!  So don't miss out - get yours while you can and show everyone how proud you are to have backed your favorite team all the way to the PLAYOFFS!!

Reserve yours now by ordering below.  Orders will be filled in the order paid.  Sizes and quantities are limited - If we run out of your size, we will contact you for a second choice or a full refund.

Select Picked Up or Shipped and your size then Click "Buy Now"
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Sunday
Feb232014

Jacket Backers Meeting Summary – Bob Evans, 3140 Olentangy River Road, February 20, 2014

President
1. Committee members needed to help off-load duties of committee chairs.
2. All pucks and pins have been sent to new members to date.

Secretary :   Placing Buffalo Bus trip pictures in “Photo Galleries” on JacketBackers.org

Treasurer
1. 100-105 tickets for 2013 New Year's Eve party at Studio35.
2. Nashville- have second bus, a few tickets and hotels slots left, if we can sell those, we'll break even.
3. Community Power play $1060 to Foundation. Of that total $790 is from Jacket Backers account, $270 from Jacket Backer members and other donors.

Activities
1. Whitehall, Game Watching Party – Columbus Blue Jackets February 27th, Thursday.
2. OSU – Michigan hockey game at the Arena. March 2nd. 1 PM
3. New Member Skate date on March 12th, time not yet available.

Communication:    Get any information for blast to Michelle Communications@JacketBackers.org

Community Service
1. Krum Park community garden: Chris has wooden frame, Jacket Backers will purchase flowers or plants  this spring.
2. Targeting April for next Jacket Backers adopted highway clean up.

Marketing
1. Frame Escape will offer members shadow boxes for a 15% discount. In addition would donate 5% back to Jacket Backers. Http://www.FrameEscape.com.  R-Bar discount, 10% on regular priced food.  Homage discount will be listed on Website.
2. Design for 2014-2015 membership cards will be available Monday, February 24th.

Membership
1. Requesting help with membership. Adam volunteered to help coordinate schedule of membership table tolunteer list. Chris will help deliver the 2nd bag to volunteers. Sara will help with entering new member's data and mailing pucks and pins.
2. We currently have 585 members.

Technical:     Tom will update website with discounts as emailed to him.

Travel
1. March 8th Nashville bus trip: 6 tickets left, 2 hotel rooms, and plenty of room on bus if someone already has tickets and hotel.  Location to meet Nashville Bus and itinerary will be emailed out about a week before trip. {update: sent: Thu 2/27/2014 5:05 PM} 
3. Florida-Tampa: 26 tickets sold for one game and 28 going to the other. Hotels information sent out. One set of tickets was sold to an unknown member. Holding a set of tickets for this member. If ANY member did not receive hotel information, they need to contact travel chair (travel@jacketbackers.org) immediately.
Final deadline for tickets to Florida: Sunday March 9th.

Officer-At-Large:     Jack Johnson and Boll pucks signed at Celebrity bartending event.

Next meeting April 2nd.  Informal gathering to watch March 20th game together.

Saturday
Feb012014

Nashville Invasion Date: Saturday 3/8/14 - A Great Place to Visit, Glad we moved EAST!  

Update 2/4/14 - If you want to join us on the trip please sign up below or contact Chris at travel@jacketbackers.org to make other arrangements by Thursday 2/6/14.  We currently have 91 signed up for the trip and have room for 20 more on the two buses.  We need to have our ticket and hotel room count finalized on Friday.

A year without a bus trip to Nashville is kind of like a lockout (but we don't want to talk about that).  When the schedule was released - there it was - a Saturday in March - nothing on the schedule for Friday or Sunday - Nashville, Away 3/8/14.  Well that could only mean one thing, a Jacket Backers Bus Trip!

We have a block of 120 tickets reserved in Club Sections 223 & 224.  We have our rooms booked at the Best Western Downtown - Convention Center.  We have 2 busses reserved.  So let's hit the road.

The Best Western is only .4 miles away from Bridgestone Arena and all the pleasures of Broadway (Tootsies, Jack's BBQ, The Stage, Printers Alley...).  So we won't have to cross the bridge or deal with re-construction this year.

The cost of the trip is $230 per person based on double hotel occupancy (see additional pricing options below).  The trip includes:

  • Club Level Game Ticket
  • Deluxe Motor Coach travel to and from Nashville aboard the Funbus
  • Overnight accommodations at the Best Western, Downtown Convention Center
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast at the hotel
  • Movies and Entertainment on bus
  • Light Snacks Courtesy of the Jacket Backers
  • Raffle and Prize Give Aways

We will leave Columbus early Saturday morning.  The bus will make a couple of stops so we can stretch and grab some lunch.  We should arrive in Nashville by mid-afternoon.  There will be plenty of time to check in and enjoy the sites and entertainment of Nashville before and after the 7:00 game.

Reserve your seats now, as this popular trip can fill up fast.  You will not want to get closed out.  Pricing options are as follows; $150 per person deposit holds your seat or pay in full $310 per person for private room, $230 per person for double occupancy, $210 per person for triple occupancy and $200 per person for quadruple occupancy.  We also have a limited number of tickets only (no bus, no room) available for $74.  Prices are for members: non-members add $25 per person.  Or just join the club already!!

Please note, all bus passengers must be at least 21 years old. 

Nashville Trip Options 3/8/14

Friday
Jan242014

Exclusive Members Only Ice Skating Event - Monday, January 27, 2014 (POSTPONED)

Our Ice Skating event has been postponed ... Once we have a new confirmed date, we will notify everyone!!!

 
Members, family members and guests (within reason) are invited to join in this free event.  We will be sharing the ice at Nationwide this evening with arena volunteers.  Free skate rental will be provided.  Skaters of all abilities welcome.  Enjoy figure skating or try your hand at making a few shots on goal!
 
Please RSVP to Jessica at activities@jacketbackers.org and let her know how many adults and children will be attending, or if you have any other questions on the event.

Event time TBA but will most likely be from 6 - 9 pm.
 
Additional information will be provided, as we receive it, including where to park and enter!
 
Hope to see you there!
Saturday
Jan042014

ON SATURDAY NIGHT January 4, 2014 - We're having our VERY OWN GAME WATCHING PARTY AT KING AVENUE 5!

Join us TONIGHT at King Avenue 5, 945 King Avenue, Columbus, 43212 as our Columbus Blue Jackets kick the Blues.  We'll be in the side room up front and they're throwing in a few appetizers to share to get us started.  Pregame is at 7:30 and puck drops at 8 pm - join us early and save your seat!  The Serious Sports Fans‘ destination, King Avenue Five is the best Sports Lounge in the Grandview & Arlington area. Their extensive menu features a great array of American fare made to order using only the freshest ingredients. The friendly staff will make your dining experience fast, fun & unforgettable. A great wine list, an offering of over 50 beers and all your favorite call drinks add up to something for everyone’s taste.  We'll have door prize giveaways and raffles to make the evening complete!