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Haverhill, Ma – College Hockey America Commissioner Robert DeGregorio is pleased to announce that the league's six member institutions raised a combined $25,385 in the league's eighth annual Skate for the Cure initiative.
This year's total is by far the largest amount raised in a single season, and brings the combined league total to over $106,600 for the eight years.
Skate for the Cure, founded by the league office during the 2006-07 season, is a league-wide initiative in which each CHA program dedicates one or two home games to raising funds and awareness for a local charity or research organization of their choice.
"We are delighted with how the initiative continues to grow each year. We are also very proud of our six programs, and all of the individuals around our programs that put in the extra work for these Skate for the Cure events," said Commissioner DeGregorio.
"This is a great representation of our league – of our mission to make not just great hockey players, but outstanding individuals that have a positive impact on their communities as well."
Mercyhurst totaled $2,500 during a home game in December through the sale of game-worn pink jerseys, ticket sales and proceeds from a 50/50. The Lakers have developed a relationship with Erie-based organization Linked By Pink, which offers support and aid to women in the greater Erie area that have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The RIT Tigers raised $8,847 through the RIT United Way Foundation for AutismUp. RIT wore special puzzle piece jerseys against Lindenwood on Jan. 25 and auctioned the jerseys off online from Feb. 12-19 for additional funds. The highest individual jersey sold for $555.
Robert Morris raised $2,209 between ticket sales and other revenue, including an auction of items such as a signed stick from the Pittsburgh Penguin's Brooks Orpik, tickets to a Penguins game, and items from the Colonials' mens team.
Lindenwood raised $4,329, which will go to the SSM Breast Care Center, a leading research, treatment, and support center in St. Louis. The Lady Lions also donated proceeds from last year's event, their first as a member of CHA, to the center.
Syracuse raised $2,475 through ticket and t-shirt sales during a weekend series against Mercyhurst in February. The Orange's efforts benefit the Upstate Cancer Research Center, a leading research center that encompasses the collaborative efforts of more than 120 upstate New York faculty and researchers working to develop cures and treatments.
Penn State raised $5,025 in proceeds thanks to a record crowd for a game against RIT in February. The proceeds benefitted WBCA Pink Zone and Penn State's THON, the largest student-run philanthropy event in the world, which raises over $12 million every year.