November 09, 2013 - 1:26 PM
KELOWNA - The Kelowna Rockets are proud to announce that together with its fans and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, over $6,000 was raised in support of breast cancer research in the team's 4th Annual Pink Power Play Night Friday at Prospera Place.
The Rockets wore one-of-a-kind pink jersey's that were raffled off and raised $3,750 while fans purchased pink pucks for a chuck-a-puck contest that raised $2,423 for a total of $6,173. The money will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
"It was just an amazing night," said Barb Hoy, the volunteer run director for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. "Pink Power Play Night is one of the highlights of our year for our volunteers. I think it's an amazing partnership with an outstanding community organization in the Kelowna Rockets. And hopefully we can create some awareness among some young men, because some of these players may experience a family member who is diagnosed with breast cancer."
Many Rockets players expressed their gratitude for the fans' support on social media after the game including Rockets' goalie Jackson Whistle.
"Thanks to everyone who came out to support breast cancer research tonight," Whistle tweeted, after earning the win against Prince George.
Hoy said one in nine women in Canada will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and added the money raised by Rockets fans will stay in B.C. and will be used for research, some of which will be done right in Kelowna.
Pink pucks were being sold for $5 but many fans donated up to $100 at a time and Hoy said the generosity of the fans was amazing and also what mad the night a big success.
The Rockets are back in action tonight as they host the Edmonton Oil Kings at 7:05 at Prospera Place. Tickets remain available for the game through Select Your Tickets.
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