MEET MATT, GRABS & BUTCH…AND SUPPORT JAKETuesday, 7-10 pm: Local West Beer Garden in NYC

Tuesday marks the first day of school for many and brings us that much closer to the start of the NHL season. But Tuesday also brings an extremely important fundraising event that we hope as many Islanders and area hockey fans as possible can support.

Michael Grabner, Matt Moulson and Butch Goring will be among the guests at “A Night for Jake” this Tuesday, Sept. 6 between 7-10 pm at the Local West Beer Garden in Manhattan on Eighth Avenue and 33rd Street. Funds raised will directly benefit Jake Wisniewski, a young graphics coordinator on MSG Network broadcasts who underwent a successful double lung transplant this summer as part of his battle with cystic fibrosis.

Besides Grabner and Moulson of your Islanders, there will be other area hockey players including Zach Parise, Johan Hedberg and Andy Greene of the Devils and Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust of the Rangers. Those seven alone are among the friendliest and most out-going athletes in New York/New Jersey hockey, so attendees of the fundraiser are guaranteed to have a great time.

Goring will be joined by fellow area broadcasters Ken Daneyko, Brian Leetch, Dave Maloney, Joe Micheletti and many more. There won’t be a shortage of people to talk hockey with as the NHL season nears.

Everyone who knows Jake, including MSG/Islanders statisgenius Eric Hornick, speaks the world of the young man. The area hockey community has really rallied to support him.

For just $50 a head, you’ll get an open bar, appetizers and the chance to meet several all-stars, legends and broadcasters. There will also be a live auction, silent auction and raffle with an incredible array of prizes donated by all of the local sports teams and MSG.

I hope many of you can make it to Manhattan on Tuesday night for this wonderful fundraiser.