ELLIOT LAKE, ON: The Elliot Lake Wildcats organization is pleased to announce that it will be honouring October’s breast cancer awareness month with a ‘pink in the rink’ event to be held at the Friday, October 17th home game against the Blind River Beavers. Wildcat players and the arena itself will be decked out in pink- the official colour of breast cancer awareness.
Each and every one of us knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer along with many other types of cancer. October is national breast cancer awareness month, and the Wildcats will be taking this opportunity to bring the community together as a whole to raise both awareness for the cause and money for a cure.
On the night of the 17th, Wildcat players will be wearing custom pink jerseys that will be up for auction starting at 6 pm. Bidding sheets, which will feature player’s photos and profiles, will be in the lobby where fans are able to bid all evening. There will be a final call for bids once the game is finished before the winners are announced.
The Wildcats organization will also be running a special ‘pink light campaign’ in honour and memory of loved ones who have faced the battle of cancer, both breast and other. Starting Friday, September 26th, pink light bulbs will be sold for $5 each and will be strung throughout the arena on the 17th. When you purchase a pink light bulb, you will receive a pink light bulb-shaped card where you can honour your loved one with a personal message. These cards will be displayed throughout the arena leading up to the night of the event.
For all those who do not reside in Elliot Lake and wish to purchase a pink tribute light, they can call the Elliot Lake Welcome Centre and purchase a bulb by speaking with Darla Hennessey. The toll free number at the Welcome Centre is 1-800-661-6192. All proceeds from the ‘pink in the rink’ merchandise sales will be split and half will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
There will be a ceremonial pink puck drop before the start of October 17th’s game. We ask that all the fans remain at the arena until the end as we will have a special post-game ‘light the rink in pink’ event that you will not want to miss as well as the revealing of the jersey winners. The Elliot Lake Wildcats want to take this opportunity to not only honour those who have lost the battle of cancer but also pay tribute to those who have survived.
For more information about the ‘pink in the rink’ event, please contact Elliot Lake Wildcats President, Howard Hennessey at 705-461-9039.