The Fort St. John Huskies rely on community support to help them be successful, both on and off the ice. That’s why the organization is making an effort to increase the amount of community fundraiser events it’s hosting this season. The teams’ first event of the 2018-19 season is the Women’s Cancer Awareness Night on Wednesday, October 24 at North Peace Arena, during the game between the Huskies and Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.
“We have a unique situation where we’ll able to consistently bring more than 300 people under one roof, and it allows us to support the community. It’s a chance to make some new fans, while also providing the community a chance to be involved and participate,” said Huskies Special Events Coordinator Sabrina Trobak.
The team hosted a similar event last season, raising $2,300. The players will be wearing their pink jerseys for the occasion, and will be donating $500 from ticket sales, as well as 25 per cent of the total money raised from the 50-50 raffle. There were also be pink ribbons that fans can purchase by donation, and a spinning wheel and raffle table for prizes, with all the money raised from those activities being donated as well.
The donation will be made to the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, which will allocate the money towards purchasing new technology to help identify and treat patients with cancer. Fans at the game will also be able to take pictures in front of a frame made specifically for the occasion, and those who wear pink to the arena will receive a free spin on the prize wheel.
Trobak said ideally the team would host the event on a Saturday, but as October is Women’s Cancer Awareness Month, Oct. 24 is the only home game not a part of the busy hope-opening weekend that would work. Through two games this season, an average of 350 fans are coming out to watch the games.
The team hosted two events last year, the aforementioned cancer awareness game, and a free skate fundraiser to help victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, which raised $10,000.
The Huskies are hosting a total of three events this year. There will be a Movember game night in November to raise money for men’s health awareness, and an event in January to help support the local SPCA.
“We’re excited to be doing things a bit differently this year and have heard lots of positive feedback from the community,” said Trobak.
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