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Pink in the Rink hockey series benefits area health, wellness groups

Posted: January 17th, 2014

PINK TIMES SIX – 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 2013 Pink in the Rink held Nov. 8-9 when the Lakers hosted Alaska during Great Lake State Weekend. In the front row, from left, are Philip Graziani, Michael Misiak, Colin Campbell, Erin Bachand (PITR vendor coordinator), Teresa Armstrong (War Memorial Hospital), Tracey Holt (Hospice of the EUP), Dr. Michelle Hank (Diane Peppler Shelter), Donna Petts (Community Health Access Coalition), Jordan Johnston, Zach Sternberg, and Dan Radke. Middle row, from left, Angelina Walker, Ryan Wilson, Thadius Sabatine, Ned Zimmer, Niels-Erik Ravn, Matt Bruneteau, Kevin Kapalka, Andrew Perrault, Haley Lanczak, Erin Yates, and Cassidee Nation. Back row, from left, Tyler Theno, Humberto Raya Sr., Evan Gist, Autumn Slusser, Nicki Drietts, Emily Keister, Kara Heggaton, Taylor Oman, Katie Kaczynski, Shelby Beach, Andrea Killips, Katherine Stewart, Mariah Hoover, and Ted Scott. (Photo by John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – After six successful years, Lake Superior State’s Pink in the Rink has surpassed the $110,000 mark in contributions made to local health and wellness organizations.

Benefactors from the 2013 Pink in the Rink, which was held Nov. 8-9 during the LSSU-Alaska hockey series, were the Diane Peppler Shelter ($2,500), Community Health Access Coalition ($2,500), Hospice of the EUP ($7,500) and Road to Recovery ($7,500). Contributions to Road to Recovery are earmarked for a much-needed new van for transporting area cancer patients to downstate hospitals.

LSSU drew more than 2,900 fans each night to the hockey games and Pink in the Rink/Great Lake State Weekend festivities. Pink in the Rink is annually sponsored by the Soo BlueLiners. This year’s major sponsors included Yes FM 99.5, Old Mission Bank, War Memorial Hospital, Precision Edge and Albert Heating and Cooling. Dozens of additional donors and vendors supported the event.

“The campus and community joined forces and once again rallied around the team and the organizations that need support from events like Pink in the Rink,” said chairman Julia Roque. “It was a busy, frantic weekend and a lot of fun. We are thankful for the many volunteers, most of whom were students from Intergreek Council, and the thousands of participants.”


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