By Phil Stacey
The most recognizable trophy in all of professional sports is coming to Beverly this weekend.
The Stanley Cup, which was won by the Boston Bruins for the first time in 39 years this past June, will be on display at the new Beverly High School field house on Sunday.
Beverly native Eric Tosi, the assistant director of media relations for the Bruins, is getting the Stanley for the day. The players, coaches and management from the Stanley Cup-winning team get to spend a day with the Cup each year, and Tosi was invited to have one.
He has chosen to host what's being called a "Fundraiser at the Fieldhouse," in conjunction with the Benjamin T. Bradley Foundation. (Bradley, a former Beverly High hockey standout and, like Tosi, a member of the BHS Class of 1999, died in an auto accident in April 2001).
Doors to the field house will open at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, and the Stanley Cup will be there from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.
"It's hard to put into words how special it is and how I excited I am to share this with my family and friends, the Bradley family, and the community of Beverly that I grew up in," Tosi said. "It's an unbelievable opportunity; I'm so thankful to have it."
Fans will have the chance to get their photo taken with the Cup for a suggested $20 donation, all of which will go to the BTB Foundation. This one photo could be one individual or an entire family or group of friends.
The donation will include a raffle ticket to win prizes such as two tickets to the Bruins/Florida Panthers game on Dec. 8 and a postgame meet-and-greet with Bruins winger Shawn Thornton outside the Bruins' locker room (grand prize); a Bruins hockey stick signed by the 2011 Stanley Cup champions (first prize); and a No. 37 autographed Patrice Bergeron home (i.e., black) jersey, complete with the alternate captain "A" sewn on front (second prize). Photos will be limited to the first 500 fans.
All guests are free to bring their own cameras to the field house, but the pictures with the Stanley Cup onstage will be taken by professional photographer Patrick Belmonte. He'll upload all of the photos taken to his website (gwshots.com) about 24 hours after the event, which fans can download from there.
For a suggested $5 donation, fans may come inside the field house and check out the Stanley Cup from the field house floor while also receiving a raffle ticket to win the above-listed prizes, which will be drawn around 2:15 p.m.
One hundred percent of the donations from this event will go to the Benjamin T. Bradley Foundation. Cash or checks made out to the BTB Foundation will be accepted on Sunday. Donations can also be made to the Bradley family at 3 Dyer Road in Beverly, MA 01915.
"The Ben Bradley Foundation is something that hits home for me personally and for many people in Beverly," Tosi said. "To be able to raise money for such a great cause is something I'm proud to be a part of."