The blueprint for the IceHogs Charitable Foundation was laid out by former IceHogs Team President Ryan Washatka and owners Dr. Kris Tumilowicz and Craig Drektrah. The Northern Illinois Community Foundation helps manage the IceHogs Charitable Foundation.
Since the IceHogs inception in 1999, the team has prided itself in giving back to the community. In 14 seasons, the IceHogs have contributed over $925,000 to the Rock River Valley.
The largest fundraiser held by the IceHogs is an Annual Jersey Auction. The jersey auction alone has raised just over $685,000 in 14 auctions.
Themes for the auction have ranged from Elvis (2001) to Hammysauraus Rex (2007) and a tribute to the Burpee Museums Jane the Dinosaur to a jersey designed by Rockford native and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen (2003).
Beneficiaries in the past have included the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of Rockford, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of America, Northern Illinois Hospice, Jr. IceHogs hockey program and many others.
Overall in 2012-13, the IceHogs raised nearly $120,000 through various of fundraisers including Jersey Auctions, Bowl-A-Thon and school fundraisers.
All proceeds from every IceHogs fundraiser have been poured back into the Rockford community to benefit local charities, kids and families in need.
The IceHogs have hosted numerous other fundraisers in the past including Tip-A-Hog celebrity waiters, Bowl-A-Thons and golf outings.
Other non-fundraising events that the IceHogs players, coaches and front office staff have participated in include Sharefest, Habitat For Humanity and the team’s Summer Street Hockey Program and Adopt-a-School program.
Throughout the course of the season, IceHogs players, mascots and staff members make numerous of community appearances.
Last season alone, the IceHogs organization made over to 200 community appearances with players, front office members and the team’s mascot (Hammy). Plus, the team donated over 1200 tickets in 12-13 to local charities and fundraisers.
For more information about the IceHogs Charitable Foundation or to inquire about having the IceHogs make an appearance at your school or event, contact the team at (815) 986-6465 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IceHogs players have made over 50 hospital visits since the team's inception in 1999. Above (left to right) Ryan Stanton, Brandon Saad, Adam Clendening (front), Joe Lavin and Jeremy Morin visit Swedish American Hospital.
Through the IceHogs Adopt-a-School program, Jimmy Hayes has made several visits to see some of his biggest fans at Lincoln Middle School in Rockford.
|Every season IceHogs players participate in numerous Reading Nights at local schools. After reading to students at Rock Cut Elementary, Ben Smith signs a few autographs.|