TUX HONORED WITH KEY TO THE CITY
How does a penguin earn a key to a city?
By bringing smiles to little ones. By brightening the days of hospital patients. By spending coutless hours firing up fans at Mohegan Sun Arena.
That has been the work ethic of Tux, the American Hockey League’s most popular and beloved mascot. And after 11 years of padding his resume with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the fan favorite flightless bird has earned the city of Wilkes-Barre’s most prominent recognition: the key to the city. The honor was bestowed by Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton as a part of the city’s kickoff of the 37th annual Farmer’s Market, held every Thursday through mid-November on Public Square.
“Tux puts in a tremendous amount of time in his community involvement, putting smiles on people from small children to senior citizens, and never said no when we requested him for an event,” Leighton said. “On June 24, 2010, Tux is receiving the key to the city for the wondrous years of joy and laughter he has brought to adults and children of all ages into the city of Wilkes-Barre.”
The presentation of the key to the city was the final proclamation issued by Mayor Leighton before he officially announced the opening of the Farmer’s Market – an event which draws thousands of visitors each year.
Since the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ inception in 1999, Tux has made numerous appearances throughout northeastern Pennsylvania at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, sponsor venues, and of course, each and every Penguins home game. To book Tux for an appearance, call the Penguins at (570) 208-PENS.