Reading Royals to wear KISS themed jerseys for charity
The Reading Royals of the ECHL want to show their love of the band KISS and tie this appreciation into charity.
So on Nov. 12 they’re going to sell KISS themed jerseys during their game that night against the Manchester Monarchs. Then on Nov. 26, fans will be able to watch the Royals wearing the same KISS jerseys when they host the Cincinnati Cyclones.
The Nov. 26 game is the Royals’ “Night of Hope” which will raise funds for Hope Rescue Mission in Reading. This charity, “has been a place of refuge for the homeless men of Berks County, PA” since 1894.
After the game, some the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off for charity, while others will be sold on the weekly online auction for the team.
The Royals, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have said if fans bring real band members to the game, both the fan and the band member will get a free jersey. The team noted in an email that “the Reading Royals and our fans are some of the biggest KISS fans in the world.”
They also said many went to a recent KISS concert in Allentown.
KISS has a strong recent hockey legacy. The band was in a photo hugging NHL commissioner Gary Bettman at the 2014 Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium, an event where they provided the musical entertainment.