(ISN) – Brandon, MB. — Thanks to the generosity of western Manitoba hockey fans, two local charities scored big with the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings during back to back home games at Westman Communications Group Place this week.
On Wednesday, $2,000 was generated for the Brandon Humane Society in the hockey club’s annual Pucks ‘n Pets Tennis Ball Toss for a Toonie, presented by Moga Mobile and over $30,000 was raised during the club’s “Pink the Rink Night” last weekend.
Fans attending Wednesday’s game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes were encouraged to purchase a numbered tennis ball and toss them to the ice during the second intermission. The one picked up from the ice by Digit, the golden retriever, earned the owner of the ball a 2015-16 Wheat Kings’ Season Ticket.
Winning the ticket – valued at $450 – was local hockey fan Bob Patterson.
Wednesday’s Pucks for Pets came on the heels of last Saturday’s “Pink the Rink Night”, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.
In addition to selling raffle tickets and t-shirts, all twenty-four Wheat Kings’ game jerseys were auctioned off before or during the game against the visiting Kootenay Ice.
The local office of the Cancer Society has announced that $30,486 was raised during the event, which represents an increase of close to $6,000 over the previous year.
For the second consecutive year, the Wheat Kings’ Pink jersey featured the names of season ticket holders, sponsors, friends and family, who have been lost to cancer.
“Pink the Rink is an incredible example of how a community can get involved in the cancer fight,” says Mark McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division, “and support the 6,400 Manitoba families that will face a cancer diagnosis this year.”
The Pink jersey was the second and final theme jersey offered by the WHL club this winter. In November, over $19,000 was raised for military families through the Brandon and Districut United Way’s Community Fund.
On the ice, the Wheat Kings kick off a 2-game weekend Friday night in Prince Albert against the Raiders before returning home to host the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night.