The Niagara IceDogs are proud to announce that they will be donating a record-breaking $22,000 to Crohn’s & Colitis Canada after the most successful live auction in team history.
The game-worn St. Patrick’s Day auctioned off jerseys were highlighted by IceDogs leading scorer Sam Miletic whose jersey went for an astounding $2,000! Not far behind was IceDogs forward Kirill Maksimov who was able to bring in $1,750. In addition, fan favorites Ben Jones and Akil Thomas’ jerseys sold for $1,300 each.
So far, we have raised $22,000 in support of Crohn’s & Colitis Canada. Funds raised will be used to invest in transformative Crohn’s and colitis research, patient programs, advocacy, and awareness. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is the only national, volunteer-based charity focused on finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the lives of children and adults affected by these diseases.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are autoimmune diseases that cause the body to attack itself, leading to inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Someone is diagnosed every hour. And the incidence of Crohn’s disease in Canadian children under the age of 10 has almost doubled since 1995.
Brothers, Graham and Stephen Thompson, representatives for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada were on-hand March 17th to take part in our ceremonial puck drop prior to the beginning of the game. Within their immediate family, they have been deeply affected by these diseases, not once, not twice, but three times. While their family life has changed forever, they are committed to championing their efforts to raise critical funds and awareness, to stop these diseases. For life. All in the hopes that one day, cures will be found. Learn more about the Thompson family’s journey in this emotional video.
If fans are still looking to get their hands on these record-breaking jerseys, we will be using the LAST one as a part of the jersey raffle that will take place at our next home game.
We would also like to thank Luke Passmore of Luke’s Auctions for all of the time that they have donated to our live auctions throughout the year. Most of all thank you to our wonderful fans that continually support these events and make them the success that they are!