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Rich Clune Learns to Use His Mac Computer, Turns to Facebook for Philanthropy (and Possibly Trolling)

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Nashville Predators pest and shootout specialist (100 percent, no lie) Rich Clune told ESPN's Scott Burnside the story of his youthful passion for hockey, fall from grace, and recovery from alcoholism and addiction in a March 2013 feature-length piece.

Preds F Rich Clune celebrates a goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena on March 8, 2013. Clune celebrates his freedom from alcoholism and addiction by trying to help others.
Preds F Rich Clune celebrates a goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena on March 8, 2013. Clune celebrates his freedom from alcoholism and addiction by trying to help others.
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Fresh off a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension that will go into effect after the upcoming 2013-2014 season, Preds agitator Rich Clune will be joined by his mother Anne Marie as the two share their story as a family that has grappled with alcoholism and addiction at the Toronto, Ontario-based Renascent treatment center Recovery Shot Golf Tournament next Wednesday, July 24.


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(Video used with permission from Rich Clune)

Rich and Anne Marie are looking to raise $10,000 for the event, and every penny raised will go toward helping people who need, but cannot afford, a full course of treatment. Sometime between recording himself playing music into Colin Wilson's and Taylor Beck's voicemail boxes, Clune recorded the video above, making a heartfelt appeal to friends and family to join him in his fundraising efforts. In true Internet sensation fashion, Clune also teases a series of videos, touting a "method to [his] madness." Wouldn't it be great to see Clune using Facebook video to troll his Conference III arch-nemesis Vernon Fiddler next season?

Last year, on my 32nd birthday, I asked readers of this blog to contribute $32 to either the Predators Foundation, or to charities for which the Foundation is a benefactor. This year (my 33rd birthday is tomorrow, Friday, July 19), I'd like to ask that OTF readers give the gift of recovery to someone who needs it. Click here to donate $33 at Rich and Anne Marie's personal fundraising page, and if you can't give $33, please remember that no donation is too small.

The Recovery Shot Golf Tournament will take place at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario. If you happen to be in Canada next week, you can contribute $100 to attend lunch, or $1,800 for you and the rest of your foursome to play in the tournament. I would also like to encourage the Nashville Predators, the Predators Foundation, and any of the Nashville Predators' corporate partners to consider a hole sponsorship for $3,250.