Beard-A-Thon, Platelets for Playoffs, watch parties - LA Kings Insider

BEARD-A-THON: If you’ve ever wondered, yes, it is possible to raise money for the Kings Care Foundation while looking like Jeff Carter.

Once again this playoff season, Kings fans are being asked to “grow one for the team.”

It’s very easy. Fans can visit and register at LAKings.com/beardathon, throw away their razors and shaving cream, and encourage family and friends to support their playoff beards via pledges. Over two million dollars have been raised for NHL team charities since the Beard-A-Thon campaign began in 2009.

See if you can grow a more voluptuous beard than LAKI correspondent James Nicholson. Support a worthy clause. And always keep the Kings Care Foundation in mind.

PLATELETS FOR PLAYOFFS: Kings fans are also encouraged to donate platelets at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This platelet drive, which began on Monday, will run through April 21. Fans who donate will be entered to win two playoff tickets to Game 4, which takes place on Thursday, April 24.

Because platelet donations take two or three hours to complete, donors are requested to schedule their appointments in advance. Available times are Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m, and on Saturday until 12:15 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, or for any questions, email blooddonorcenter@chla.usc.edu or call (323) 361-2441. The LA Kings Ice Crew will also be on hand at CHLA to help promote this playoff season of giving.

WATCH PARTIES: The LA Kings Ice Crew will also be at Hooters in Downtown L.A. tonight and Sunday night to host official Kings watch parties.

The Downtown L.A. Hooters is located opposite Staples Center at 1248 S. Figueroa St. Courtesy of Staples Center, there will be free parking in Lot C at the corner of Chick Hearn Ct. and LA Live Way. There will also be $10 parking in Lot 6.

Bailey will join the party and assist in free giveaways and a raffle with proceeds that benefit the Kings Care Foundation. The party kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and features food and drink specials.