UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A woman who has written a book about being kidnapped and kept in an underground bunker on Long Island 20 years ago is teaming with the Islanders for a special fundraiser.
Katie Beers will join "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh at a game Thursday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Islanders have announced that $2 from every ticket sold for the game against the rival Rangers will go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
"My abduction was a life shattering experience," Beers said in a statement released by the team. "Ever since the abduction, I have done everything in my power to move past those awful memories, but know that I may never. With the efforts of the NCMEC and the New York Islanders, they are ensuring that stories like mine will become less frequent. I am honored to participate in this event and to have become a motivational speaker, helping bring awareness nationwide to a cause that will save lives and help protect children from the terrible situation I was once in."
Team owner Charles Wang will match whatever amount is raised from the ticket sales and other fundraisers at the game.
Beers, who now lives in Pennsylvania, has co-written a best-seller about her 1993 ordeal.
She and Walsh will drop a ceremonial puck before the game.
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