With a $50,000 fundraising goal for the 15th annual Pink in the Rink game, the Peterborough Petes are aiming to break the $1 million mark in total funds raised for cancer care.
At a media conference on Wednesday (December 6), the Petes organization announced details of this season’s game, which will take place on Saturday, February 3rd at the Peterborough Memorial Centre with the Petes facing off against the Niagara Ice Dogs.
Over the past 14 years, the Pink in the Rink game has raised a total of $954,136. For this season’s campaign, all Petes players and coaches will act as ambassadors to help meet the $50,000 goal and push the grand total over $1 million.
“The Peterborough Petes players and coaches are extremely excited to participate in the Pink in the Rink campaign this year as ambassadors and help get closer to the one million dollar fundraising mark,” says Petes general manager and VP of operations Michael Oke in a media release.
“Our Pink in the Rink game is always one of our biggest and most popular games of the year and I think it’s a huge honour and opportunity for the players and the team to be leading the initiative of raising money and awareness for this cause,” adds Petes captain Donovan McCoy.
This season, funds from the Pink in the Rink campaign will support the Wheels of Hope transportation program at the Canadian Cancer Society, which helps people travel to cancer treatments using volunteer drivers and by reimbursing travel costs.
“Wheels of Hope is a fantastic program and we are very pleased to support this great cause,” Oke says.
Family, friends, and fans can donate on behalf of a particular player or coach by visiting the Canadian Cancer Society website and selecting a team member from the roster.
Official game-worn custom jerseys will feature the names of fans and community members in the design. Fans can purchase names to be placed on the jersey for $20 each by contacting the Petes Office at 705-743-3681 ext. 201, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the Peterborough Petes OHL website.
Tickets for the 15th annual Pink in the Rink game on Saturday, February 3 are available now at the Peterborough Memorial Centre’s Grant Thornton box office.