FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies raised $2,340 for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation through two fundraising games this fall.
The Breast Cancer Awareness game On October 29th and the Movember Men’s Health game on November 20th raised funds through a portion of the gate, 50/50, as well as the proceeds from silent auction items.
Huskies Special Events Director, Traci Hammond, says the funds will stay in the community to help people with cancer treatment, and she hopes that will mean people can stay in Fort St. John for treatment.
“It’s always great when the team can give back to the community, either by helping in the community or raising funds at games,” said Hammond, who added it has been nice to get back into the community. “It was nice to get back to having special events this season.”
Hammond says the team is looking at more ways to get involved in the community through special events.
“Next season, we’re looking at changing things up a bit with some new jerseys and more items for silent auction, and maybe some more games for the Huskies fans to get involved.”
Huskies coach Todd Alexander says being a part of the community ties in with the message he tries to convey to his players.
“We talk about it all the time, great people make great hockey players, and that’s something we hold near and dear,” said Alexander. “If we can do a good job and set a good example, then you get future residents that will be good community members who care about their community as well.”
Alexander points to the tireless work of all the volunteers behind the scenes who make these events happen.
“Not just our team, but the volunteers who work behind the scenes, and the people that help organize these events for us are the ones driving it at the end of the day. We’re just trying to be a support group to them.”
Brittany Christon, Communications and Marketing Coordinator with the FSJ Hospital Foundation, was at practise on Thursday night to accept the cheque.
The Huskies are back at home for the final home game of 2021 against the Fairview Flyers tonight at 8 p.m. The final three games of 2021 will be played in Grande Prairie on Saturday and a pair of games in Peace River against the Navigators next weekend.