01/23/2013 11:14 AM
Photo by Greg Hamil
Article By: Nate Haeni
Rockford, Ill. – With the BMO Harris Bank Center decked out in pink on Saturday, Jan. 19 for the Rockford IceHogs 4th Annual Pink in the Rink game, a sold out crowd was treated to a wild contest while helping support breast cancer research.
More than 6,200 IceHog faithful packed the BMO Harris Bank Center to watch the IceHogs take on their Midwest Division rival Grand Rapids Griffins while wearing special pink jerseys and playing on a pink ice surface. All the generous fans in attendance helped the club raise $22,875, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.
The proceeds from this year’s Pink in the Rink Night will benefit the American Cancer Society, Mary Kay Foundation and the IceHogs Charitable Foundation.
The pink jerseys were auctioned and raffled off during the game with the winning bidder getting the jersey and the opportunity to get it signed by the player following the tilt. Goaltender Carter Hutton’s sweater had the highest bid in the blind silent auction.
Over the past four seasons, the annual Pink in the Rink game has raised $81,596 for breast cancer research.
Sponsors for this year’s game were Dickerson and Nieman Realtors, Divine Weddings and DJ Services Inc., Ferrelgas, Metropolitan Title Agency and Rasmussen College.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
For more information about the American Cancer Society, visit cancer.org.
Next Home Game: Friday, Jan. 25 vs. Chicago Wolves. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Rockford and Chicago meet in an Illinois Lottery Cup matchup at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 2,500 fans to the game will pick up an IceHogs fleece blanket courtesy of OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.
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