Sock Drive on Sock Monkey Night at ’Hogs game

Staff Report

A “Sock Drive on Sock Monkey Night” will be held Saturday, March 2, at the BMO Harris Bank Center as the Rockford IceHogs take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:05 p.m. Tickets to the game may be purchased at or (815) 968-5222.

The BMO Harris Bank Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford, began accepting donations for the drive Monday, Feb. 25, and sock donations will be accepted through the March 2 IceHogs game.

A partnership between BMO Harris Bank, the Rockford IceHogs and the United Way of Rock River Valley, the drive seeks to collect new children’s socks for those in need through Project Undershare.

Individuals who donate a pair of new children’s socks at the BMO Harris Bank Center will receive a buy-one-get-one-free voucher for free admission to select IceHogs games throughout the remaining season. Hubert the Lion will be present at the March 2 game to greet and thank the community as the donations are accepted.

BMO has committed to matching the sock donation up to 5,500 pairs of socks for the Rockford community — the city known as the “Home of the Sock Monkey,” which produced the first-ever sock monkey in the early 1900s.

BMO Harris Bank will also give out free sock monkeys to the first 1,500 fans at the March 2 game. The sock monkeys are dressed in an IceHogs jersey and ice skates. Visit BMO Harris Bank’s Facebook for photos.

With over 1,000 homeless children in Rockford, the winter season brings an even greater demand for clothing to keep families safe and warm,” said Andrea Ward, market president, BMO Harris Bank. “Through our great partnership with the IceHogs, an organization truly embedded in its community, ‘Sock Monkey Night’ will give back to those in need, heighten awareness of this ongoing issue, while also celebrating a rich part of our city’s history.”

From the Feb. 27-March 5, 2013, issue

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