(ISN) – Brandon, MB. – The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings are pleased to announce that close to $20,000 was raised for the United Way of Brandon and District Community Fund, in this month’s Military Theme Jersey Auction.

The Wheat Kings say that the jersey auction and raffle, that was held throughout November, generated a total of $19, 306.

Twenty-four jerseys were purchased by western Manitoba hockey fans – during the November 15th game against the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers – as well as during two radio auctions on 880 CKLQ and 94.7 Star FM.

While the Wheat Kings have held a number of military nights throughout recent years, this year marked the first time that the Western Hockey League club has produced special military themed jerseys.

Campaign Chairman Cam Clark could not have been happier with the final results.

“As Chair of the 2014 Campaign team – we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with The Brandon Wheat Kings in the Military Jersey auction. We are excited about the funds that were raised for United Way Brandon and District, but most importantly, to honour and showcase CFB Shilo and the Military’s involvement in our community.”

The United Way’s Community Fund supports agencies in the community that make a difference in thousands of lives each and every day, including those that benefit military families. This partnership is a shining example of the commitment to community on behalf of the Wheat Kings and personnel of CFB Shilo.

November’s Military jersey will be the first of two theme jerseys to be worn by the Wheat Kings during the 2014-15 campaign.

In February, the team will host another “Pink the Rink” game, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. During last year’s event, close to $25,000 was generated in donations.

On the ice, the Wheat Kings open up a home and home series with the Pats in Regina on Wednesday. Winners of four of their last five (4-0-1), the Wheat Kings will host the Pats on Friday night.