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By: Nate Haeni
09/26/2012 8:32 AM - Kaye to decorate cakes for Rosie's Birthday Club

Rockford, Ill. –
With some extra free time available before training camp begins, ten players from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League have stepped up to join Make-A-Wish and the 11th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Cold Stone Creamery in Rockford.

Kyle Beach, Mac Carruth, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Nick Leddy, Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri, Kent Simpson, Ben Smith and Ryan Stanton will join Rockford area wish kids Hailey and Abagail to serve as Celebrity Scoopers from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday at the Rockford Cold Stone Creamery location (653 South Perryville Road).

Throughout the day on Sept. 27, Cold Stone Creamery stores in Rockford, Peoria, and Normal, along with additional stores nationwide, will donate $1 from the sale of any “Love It” or “Gotta Have It” size Ice Cream, Yogurt or Sorbet Creation to Make-A-Wish. Hailey’s wish to go on a Disney Cruise came true recently and Abagail’s wish to go visit Disneyworld was also granted.

The following is a schedule of when each player will be scooping ice cream:
5-6 p.m. - Joe Lavin and Ben Smith
6-7 p.m. - Nick Leddy and Jimmy Hayes
7-8 p.m. - Kyle Beach, Mac Carruth and Kent Simpson
8-9 p.m. - Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin and Ryan Stanton

RAVE Executive Director Gordon Kaye will also be having a little fun for charity on Thursday as he participates in the Have Your Cake and Eat It Too fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. to benefit Rosie’s Birthday Club.

Kaye will be paired up with other local celebrities to help decorate cakes made by local bakeries to be auctioned off. The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center (200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford) will host   the event. Proceeds from the cake-decorating event will go to the club as they raise money to give birthday presents to children who might not otherwise get to celebrate their birthday.

For more information about the IceHogs in the community or to see where the IceHogs will be, check out the IceHogs Community Calendar at

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 212,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; nearly 14,000 in 2011 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

Next Home Game: Saturday, Oct. 20 vs. Charlotte Checkers. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The IceHogs open the home portion of their regular season slate against the Checkers at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The first 5,000 fans to the game will pick up an IceHogs “It All Starts Here” calendar.

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