Before Sunday’s game, the Gilner-Reeves award was presented to the Atlanta Thrasher(s) who has done the most for the community this year. The Gilner-Reeves award is in honor of 2 Cobb County SWAT team members, Stephen Gilner and Steven Reeves, who were killed in the line of duty in 1999. This award has been given out since the Atlanta Thrashers inaugural season.
In appreciation and admiration of the countless acts of good, donations to Traveler’s Aid of Metro Atlanta, treating children battling cancer to Thrasher games, participating in events like the Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, Random Act of Kindness and Home for the Holidays party, the 2010-2011 recipients are last year’s co-recipient, Jimmy Slater and new recipient Zach Bogosian.
“Every time you get a chance to give back to the community it’s always a good feeling,” Bogosian said. “Fortunately for me, after last year I stuck around and got to do a lot of things in the community.” (Chris Vivlamore/ AJC)
Atlanta Thrashers President Don Waddell, who this past Wednesday surprised the Christian City Children’s Village with tickets for all to attend today’s game, presented the award with Stephen Gilner’s wife and daughter, to Jim Slater and Zach Bogosian. There will also be a $10,000 donation in their honor donated to Georgia children’s charities.