05/13/2019 9:19 AM
Article By: Chris Robinson
ROCKFORD, Ill. – As part of their “Our Town, Our Team” campaign, the Rockford IceHogs contributed more than $180,000 to charitable causes during the 2018-19 season.
Overall, the IceHogs raised a total of $184,718 for Rockford and the Northern Illinois community last year. That figure featured another standout year for the annual Jersey Auction Game, in which the Hogs raised more than $70,000 for the fifth time in 20 years during the annual fundraiser. The proceeds from this year’s game benefited the Greg Lindmark Foundation, and the Hogs have now raised more than $1.1 million for charity through the Jersey Auction Game fundraiser.
Additional fundraising efforts last season included Hockey Fights Cancer Night, benefitting SwedishAmerican Foundation ($21,423.51), Autism Awareness Night, benefitting Autism Program of Easterseals ($37,823.99) and Bowl-A-Thon/Brovember, benefitting Brovember Inc. ($11,733.00)
IceHogs’ players, coaches, front-office personnel and team mascot, Hammy, were also active in the community throughout 2018-19. The IceHogs organization combined to make more than 125 appearances in the local community, including trips to hospitals, schools, Jr. IceHogs practice and bell ringing for the Salvation Army. Other notable charitable causes supported by the IceHogs during the 2017-18 season included:
-Group ticket fundraisers (for more info, call 815-986-6465)
-The Hammy Hustle 5K in conjunction with Meltfest
-Red Kettle Night with the Salvation Army
-Pet item drive on Pucks and Paws Night for local animal shelters
-Wednesday Dog Days through which the IceHogs donated a portion of ticket revenue during Wednesday home games to local animal shelters
-Annual Teddy Bear Toss
-Donation packages for more than 415 local businesses and non-profit organizations
The IceHogs also presented a donation to the three local filmmakers of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Minding the Gap,” (Rockford natives Bing Liu, Keire Johnson and Zack Mulligan) honored the memory of Rockford’s “Mr. Fourth of July” (Joe Marino) with the team’s first-ever postgame fireworks show and helped provide a hockey scholarship through the Belvidere Park District.
In addition, the Hogs enrolled more than 80 kids in their newly revamped “Runts Kids Club” program. The program helped introduce kids to the sport of hockey and offered a variety of great giveaways and events for members, including an exclusive meet-and-greet with IceHogs players.
For more information on IceHogs community events, check the IceHogs Community Calendar.
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