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HOGS THINKING HOLIDAYS WITH FOOD AND TOY DRIVES

The IceHogs' annual Teddy Bear Toss is set for Dec. 13. (By Greg Hamil)
11/11/2008 2:33 PM - Give back to the Rockford community and catch an IceHogs game

Rockford, Ill.- The Rockford IceHogs, proud members of the American Hockey League and top affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, are teaming up with several Rock River Valley organizations to help deserving families during the upcoming holiday season.

Starting with the Wednesday, Nov. 12 game against the Milwaukee Admirals and ending with the game against the Houston Aeros on Friday, Dec. 20, the IceHogs will accept non-perishable food items at the MetroCentre Box Office to distribute to local food pantries.  IceHogs fans can get $4 off of a single ticket for that night’s game for every item that is brought in on the day of the game (limit one discount per ticket).

The Rockford Hockey Club will join the IceHogs to collect food from Nov. 12 to Nov. 22 for the Rockford Rescue Mission.  After that date, all items will be given to the Salvation Army’s Food for the Needy program.

Frito Lay will help promote the event by collecting cans outside the arena on Nov. 21. Turn in a non-parishable food item to the Frito Lay truck and get a coupon for a $4 ticket to that game.  Also look for the Frito Lay truck at local grocery stores throughout the holiday season.

Additionally, the IceHogs will also offer a $4 discount from Friday, Nov. 21 game against the Peoria Rivermen to the Saturday, Dec. 13 game against the Iowa Chops to any fan who brings a new toy to donate to the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program.  The food drive and toy drive offers may not be combined.

The IceHogs’ annual Teddy Bear Toss will be set for Saturday, Dec. 13. For more information about any of these programs call the Rockford IceHogs office at 815-986-6465.

About the Rockford Hockey Club: For over thirty years, the Rockford Hockey Club has grown to become one of the finest youth sports organizations in Rockford.  The Rockford Icemen, a high school-level division of the Rockford Hockey Club, have won 12 straight state championships. 

About the Rockford Rescue Mission: Since 1965 the Rockford Rescue Mission has provided services to Rockford’s homeless including nutritious food, safe shelter and clothing needs, as well as providing religious, educational and employment counseling. To learn more visit rockfordrescuemission.org.

About Toys for Tots:
Over the last 59 years, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has been responsible for distributing more than 370 million toys to more than 173 million needy children at Christmas.  For more information, visit toysfortots.org.

Next Home Game:  Wednesday, Nov. 12 vs. Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05 p.m. The Rockford IceHogs return home from a mini-road trip after a set of games in Norfolk, Virginia.  The IceHogs will be giving away three pairs of Chicago Blackhawks tickets and five pairs of penthouse suite tickets to see the Hawks at the United Center.  Also, it’s a Student Rush Night.  All students who show their student ID at the door can purchase the best available seat for just $10 no earlier than an hour before the game.