Dimond Hockey Makes Strides Against Cancer

Nov. 30 the Dimond High boys hockey team played against Service High’s hockey team for a special cause. The DHS Hockey Booster Club came up with a new idea for a fundraiser this year, however, the money would not be going towards the hockey team. They decided to dedicate a game to cancer awareness in Anchorage. The booster club picked the game against Service for a certain reason. “We knew that there would be a big crowd at the game because Service and Dimond are always major hockey rivals,” said Mary Jo Dubie, one of the coordinators of the event . Coach Dennis Sorenson and the booster club decided it would be best to donate all of the money raised to the Susan Butcher Family Çenter. Which is an organization that helps not only cancer patients, but their families as well. In order to raise money the players and the booster club came up with many different ideas. The hockey players and the cheerleaders would be wearing pink jerseys, which they eventually decided to auction off during the game. The silent auction of the spectacular pink jerseys raised over $2,500, a surprising figure considering that the majority of the bidders were parents of the players. A second way that they raised money for the game was selling wristbands, both at school and at the game. There were both pink and yellow bracelets saying, “No One Fights Alone,” and “DHS Awareness.” The hockey players went around during lunch taking donations of at least $1 for a bracelet. In only three days at lunch they raised over $450, and made over $500 selling the bracelets at the game. As well as bracelet and jersey sales, Booster Club President Ron Thompson was also selling sweatshirts and T-shirts with almost all of the money going towards the Susan Butcher Family Center. The game as a whole was quite a success, not only because a lot of money was raised for a good cause, but also because Dimond won 6-3, breaking the tie they had with Service for first place in the standings. Dimond Junior Ben Heafer, who notched a hat trick in Wednesday’s game, said he enjoyed the game because “It was fun to play in pink jerseys and have fun while raising money for a good cause.” This was the first year that the team decided to do a cancer awareness game, so of course many people were nervous as to if it would go well or not. It ended up being a huge success with a lot of money raised and many people are looking forward to doing it next year.