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Pink in the Rink hockey series benefits area programs

Posted: December 18th, 2012


IN THE PINK – Representatives with Sault-area health and wellness agencies accept a $20,000 check from the Pink in the Rink (PITR) Committee and Lake Superior State hockey team, raised during the 2012 Pink in the Rink held Nov. 9-10 when the Lakers played Ferris State. In the back row, from left, are Travis Sumbera and Paul VanWagoner (PITR committee); Andrea Osborn (Community Health Access Coalition); Kathy Weber and Bev Proulx (Diane Peppler Resource Center); Julia Roque (PITR committee); and Betty Noland and Michelle Lefebre (Breast Feeding Education Support Team). Standing in the middle row from left are Matt Bruneteau (LSSU hockey), Kent Smith (PITR committee), Ben Power (LSSU Hockey), Artisha Volz (Diane Peppler Center), Mary Jo DuVall (Hospice of the EUP), Brett Wall (LSSU hockey), and Andrea Abbott (Road to Recovery). In the front row , from left, are Marla Bunker (Road to Recovery/War Memorial Hospital), Erin Bachand (PITR committee), Nick McParland (LSSU hockey), Domenic Monardo (LSSU hockey), Kristi Arend (PITR committee), and Kellan Lain (LSSU hockey). (Photo by John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Soo BlueLiners and Pink in the Rink steering committee have distributed $20,000 to five local health organizations, the proceeds from another successful hockey benefit series that was held Nov. 9-10 at Lake Superior State University.

Over the past five years, Pink in the Rink has raised $90,000 in support of the health and wellness of Eastern Upper Peninsula families. Funds are raised by auctioning game-worn jerseys and gift baskets, selling t-shirts and other commemorative items, community-wide dress-down days, and through the support of generous vendors and sponsors.

“Every year we are humbled by the community’s support and enthusiasm for this event,” 2012 Pink in the Rink chairperson Julia Roque said. “It’s all we can do to keep up with the calls we get during Pink in the Rink week. We are so thankful to everyone who contributed in some way, including dozens of sponsors, volunteers and donors, and of course the participants and Laker fans.”

Major sponsors of this year’s Pink in the Rink were Sovereign Communications and The Eagle 95.1, along with Cooper Dental, Albert Heating and Cooling, Soo Co-op Credit Union, Precision Edge, Leitz Sports Center, Riverside Medical, and Chippewa County Commissioner Don Cooper.

Beneficiaries of the 2012 Pink in the Rink are Hospice of the EUP, the Diane Peppler Resource Center, the Breast Feeding Education Support Team, Road to Recovery, and the Community Health Access Coalition.

Applications for funds that will be raised during the 2013 Pink in the Rink series can be made through www.lssulakers.com next fall.

“The hockey team and LSSU are so proud of this event, and appreciate the chance to give back to the community,” Roque added. “It’s something they look forward to every year.”



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CONTACT: Linda Bouvet, e-mail, 906-635-2601; John Shibley, e-mail, 635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.



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