Charity of the Month – A success story!

I was attending the Minnesota State Fair this year, and it happened to be on military appreciation day. I ran across the booth for Defending the Blue Line, a charitable organization that was a Charity of the Month in our program for the 2010/2011 MN Wild season.

Defending the Blue Line is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization created by soldiers with the spirit of keeping hockey alive for the children of our nations military heroes. They accomplish this by providing free equipment, hockey camps, special events and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.

I had the pleasure of meeting Shane Hudella, President and Founder of Defending the Blue Line. I was overwhelmed when he shared the success they have had since being featured as a Charity of the Month last season. It was amazing to meet someone who has not only served our country for 22 years, but then continues to serve by investing his time and passion to helping military families. After that meeting, we received the following letter:

“….after being selected for the charity of the month program last season, Defending The Blue Line has experienced tremendous growth.  We have since been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, countless regional tv and radio outlets around the United States, and now the NHL Network will be airing public service announcements for us world wide this season.  DTBL will also be a featured non profit on in October 2011.
We have taken a great idea locally here in Minnesota, and with the help of great partners like Innovative Office Solutions, the Minnesota Wild, and several others, are now expanding nationally to better serve military kids across North America.  Our long term goal is to become the one stop shop for military families to keep their kids healthy and active in sports while their parents are serving our country.  We have had some great successes so far on the hockey front, and will continue to forge ahead with the help of our strong volunteer and corporate partner base.
As President and Founder of Defending The Blue Line I am very grateful for Innovative’s involvement in sponsoring the “Charity of the Month” program with the Minnesota Wild.  The program was key in building our exposure which has directly lead to better benefits for some deserving military kids and families.  I am also a 22+ year military service member, and it is great to see businesses like Innovative step up to help despite the continued challenging economic times.

Thanks for all you are doing!


Shane Hudella
President, Founder
Defending The Blue Line

We are incredibly excited to learn of the success of Defending the Blue Line as they and other Charity of the Month honorees work to serve those in need and strengthen our community.

About Jason Player
Chief Information Officer for Innovative Office Solutions. Responsible for making sure that all employee, customer and supplier partners have the information they need to meet their goals.

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