In partnership with Met-Ed, a First Energy Company, the ECHL Reading Royals, proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, announced its plans to collect donations for the LGBT Center of Greater Reading.
Starting in the Summer of 2021, The LGBT Center of Greater Reading is launching its Art Collaborative – an initiative to inspire LGBT youth and the community at large, to develop, build and grow their level of self-esteem through the arts. As a celebration of Pride Month and in support of this new program, the Royals and Met-Ed will call on fans, fellow employees, and community members to contribute various art supplies to support this initiative.
“Met-Ed is proud to continue our partnership with the Reading Royals to further our commitment in creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive community. Our ongoing collaborative partnership with the LGBTQ Center of Reading and the Reading Royals reflects this commitment to our core values and the greater Reading & Berks County community.” stated David Turner, manager of Regional External Affairs at Met-Ed.
Donations will be collected through the month of June at the Reading Royals Lion’s Den Team Store (Monday-Thursday 9 AM – 2 PM), the Santander Arena Box Office (Tuesdays/Thursdays 10 AM – 2 PM), and the Met-Ed Headquarters on Pottsville Pike (for Met-Ed Employees only). In addition, donations can be dropped off at the Reading Royals booth at Art on the Avenue in West Reading on Saturday, June 19th.
Below is a list of items requested to launch this Arts Collaborative:
- Paint (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
- Gender Identity Workbook for Teens (amazon)
- Gender Identity Workbook for kids (amazon)
- Adult coloring books
- Dry erase markers
- Watercolor paints
- Watercolor paper
- Mahl stick
- Drawing pencils
- Craft popsicle sticks
- Cotton balls
- Craft foam
- Foam brushes
- Colored paper
- Paper towels
- Freezer paper
- Modeling tools
- Spray bottles
This initiative is one of several in the partnership between the Royals and Met-Ed this year. Since November, the partnership has assisted nine local non-profits by volunteering time, raising funds and supplies, and building awareness. For more information on those initiatives and to learn more on how to participate, visit RoyalsHockey.com.