The Niagara IceDogs are proud to have made donation of over $16,000 to local community-based charities, Mainstream, The RAFT Niagara and Community Living St. Catharines, in the Niagara Region. The funds were raised during the team’s Valentine’s Day game, on February 14th against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The funds were raised through specialty game-worn Valentine’s Day themed jerseys, the first-ever in team history, that were auctioned live post-game with the help of Luke Pasmore from Luke’s Auctions. Ivan Lodnia, who scored 1 goal and collected 1 assist, saw his jersey sold for $950, while Cameron Snow and Oliver Castleman’s jerseys sold for $750, and Cameron Butler’s jersey was sold for $700.
In addition to the game-worn jerseys, commemorative mystery pucks were also sold on the concourse for $5.00 on February 14th. Every puck was signed by a member of the IceDogs in black, however select mystery pucks were be signed in silver. Anyone who selected a silver puck won a prize. The pucks sold out prior to puck drop.
All the proceeds benefited the three local organizations, Mainstream Niagara, Community Living St. Catharines and The RAFT, equally. Each organization received over $5,330.
The cost of jersey production was covered by the IceDogs, to allow for 100% of the funds raised to be donated to the three organizations. Although Valentine’s Day is typically thought of as a romantic holiday, the IceDogs put their own spin on the holiday this past span. The Niagara community and IceDogs fanbase continually show their love and support for the team. This year, the IceDogs are taking the opportunity to show their love for organizations that support so many in the Niagara community.
Mainstream Niagara and Community Living St. Catharines are focused on providing resources to those in our community with intellectual or developmental differences through supportive environments. The RAFT strives to provide Niagara’s at-risk youth with services and programs to help them develop into independent and self-sufficient individuals. The Niagara IceDogs are fortunate to have several individuals who access the services provided through these organizations attend games, as an occasional fan and as season ticket holders. In addition, the Niagara Jr. IceDogs, a hockey program for those with special needs to learn and enjoy the game, is sponsored by the Niagara IceDogs. Members of the Jr. IceDogs access the services provided by Mainstream Niagara and Community Living St. Catharines, and were in attendance for the game and dropped the puck at the game.
This week, Bones hand-delivered the cheques to each of the recipients.