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RALEIGH, N.C.- Group of local leaders formed to shape All-Star Weekend in the Triangle RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the formation of the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend Local Organizing Committee. The group of 27 civic and business leaders will work to put together the events surrounding the 58th NHL All-Star Game, to be held at the RBC Center on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.

Scott Dupree, Vice President for Sports Marketing for the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Alison Barnwell, Executive Director of the Greater Raleigh Sports Council, will serve as co-chairs for the committee. A complete list of committee members is attached below this release.

The 2011 All-Star Game will mark the fourth time that the Hurricanes have hosted a major NHL event, as the team hosted the Stanley Cup Final in 2002 and 2006, as well as the NHL Entry Draft in 2004. It marks just the second major-league All-Star Game to take place in North Carolina, as Charlotte hosted the 1991 NBA All-Star Game. For information on 2010-11 Carolina Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit, , or call 1-866-NHL-CANES.


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2011 NHL All-Star Weekend Local Organizing Committee


Scott Dupree, Vice-President for Sports Marketing,Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau
Alison Barnwell, Executive Director, Greater Raleigh Sports Council

Mike Bajorek, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Cary
Jim Ballweg, Senior Director of Corporate Sponsorships, Carolina Hurricanes
Mary-Ann Baldwin, Representative, Raleigh City Council
Brandi Barnhart, Public Space Manager, Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Tori Collins, Assistant Director of Sports Marketing, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
Teresa Damiano, Director of Marketing, Customer Service & Organizational Support, RDU Airport Authority
Tom Dillon, Assistant Director of Sales, Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
Dennis Edwards, Senior Sales Manager, Marriott City Center
Ken Eudy, CEO, Capstrat
Ellen Fragola, Marketing & Special Events Manager, Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Felicia Gressette, VP for Marketing & Community Publishing, The News & Observer Publishing Company
Charlene Grunwaldt, Publisher, Triangle Business Journal
Tony Gurley, Chairman, Wake County Board of Commissioners
Jim Lavery, General Manager, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Brian Maloney, General Manager, 99.9 The Fan, ESPN Radio & 620 The Buzz
Tom McCormick, Chairman, Centennial Authority
Mike McElvaney, Deputy Director for Operations, RDU Airport Authority
Laurie Okun, Director of Sales & Marketing, Raleigh Convention Center
Dave Olsen, VP/General Manager, RBC Center, Carolina Hurricanes/RBC Center
Larry Perkins, Assistant General Manager, RBC Center, Carolina Hurricanes/RBC Center
Jason Philbeck, Sports Marketing Manager, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
Perry Safran, Chair of Public Relations Committee, Centennial Authority
Molly Sapienza, Director, Regional Marketing, RBC Bank
Theresa Tyler, Sports Services Manager, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
Dennis Wicker, Partner, Nelson Mullins

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