Brian and myself (Chase) teamed up with a local Professional hockey team and their Pink in the Rink event about 4 seasons ago. We would ask local businesses if they would help out with a few raffle items, and then we would gather up some local and from afar hockey players, play on some pink ice to raise money, and give it to the hockey team that would host us and they would include our little $3k-$3,500 check with their own event's donation.
In this time Brian and his son's mother Stephanie received the bad news that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she lost her life in the summer of 2013 leaving behind Brian, their son, her family and DEA family. After, Brian and I had some discussions of what we could do on a larger scale so that no family would have to go through what they did. We decided to go out on a limb and broke away from the local professional hockey team to see what we could do on our own and bring the local community into what is now a very personal thing to us.
We've registered with the state of New Hampshire and the IRS to give us a non-profit organization status and have created a board of directors consisting of some amazing people. Our board consists of hockey players, cancer survivors and volunteers that donate 100% of their time. With going into the community deeper and getting more support from our awesome partners and sponsors, we have grown at such an amazing rate! We have gone from about 8 sponsors to 43 in just one year and have gone from an average of $3,500 to $17,759.80 in funds raised in the annual event. We are climbing to an even bigger sponsor and partner list with the projection and hope of doubling our last years event funds.
We raise money thanks to the HUGE help of Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett, NH donating the use of their facility to us, the players who have all been affected by breast cancer selling tickets to the event(s), raffle items that local businesses give us such as New England Picture with their pro athlete autographed memorbelia), gift cards from businesses and other donated items, as well as the support of the local community with their donations.
We have also teamed up with Under Armour to design and sell a Pink in the Rink clothing line, and one of the largest hockey stick manufacturers for our very own hockey stick line. We also teamed up the American Cancer Society, Merchants Auto of Hooksett NH, Gallant Insurance of Bow NH, Pepsi and Pento Auto Sales of Bow NH in our Wheels to Recovery program. A car was donated to us from Merchants Auto which we will be using to transport patients to their treatments when they are unable to get a ride otherwise. To learn more about the Wheels to Recovery program, click here.
All of us at Pink in the Rink donate 100% of our time and 100% of the proceeds we raise go to the American Cancer Society. We ask that you help and team up with us to "Fund the fight to find a cure."