Several Red Wings alumni and former professional hockey players were on hand Wednesday morning for "Camp Day" at Tim Hortons on Rochester Road in Troy, where franchise owner Maureen Finnigan and local celebrity servers worked hard to raise money throughout the morning.
"We do this every year," Finnigan said. "We send local, deserving children to summer camp."
Finnigan said she is donating 100 percent of coffee sales and all donations received Wednesday morning to the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation, which will work in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Troy to send local kids to summer camp at one of the foundation's six camps, located in Canada and the U.S.
Red Wings alumni Eddie Mio and Jason Woolley, along with former professional hockey player Phil Myre, attended the event. Local celebrity coffee servers included Director of Community Affairs Cindy Stewart, City Manager Mike Culpepper, Mayor Pro Tem Maureen McGinnis, Councilman Dane Slater, former Mayor Pro Tem Mary Kerwin and Boys and Girls Club of Troy Executive Director Jeff Evans.
"Hooper" from the Pistons was in early Wednesday morning, and Fresh 100.3 also supported the event.
"Hockey players are always looking to do things for charity," Mio said. "Tim Hortons does a great job. It's about giving kids an opportunity to go to camp."
"We are pleased so many people came out to support Camp Day," Kerwin said. "This helps make Troy a stronger community."
Both Kerwin and Evans agreed that, without Finnigan, the Boys and Girls Club of Troy would not have the opportunity to send some of its deserving children to summer camp each year.
"She's seen the difference this makes in her own family," Kerwin said.
"We want to be a big supporter of Maureen (Finnigan)," Evans said. "(Camp Day) is very near and dear to us, and it's a great opportunity for our kids."