By Jim Hagerty
The March of Dimes will soon be presented a generous donation as a Rockford IceHogs fund-raiser yielded more than $43,000 Sunday, March 30, at the BMO Harris Bank Center.
After the IceHogs’ 6-3 win over the Chicago Wolves Sunday, the team held its 15th Annual Jersey Auction. The live auction allowed dozens of fans to bid on the purple specialty jerseys worn by the team during the game.
Joakim Nordstrom’s purple sweater netted $2,300, while the sweater worn by Jason LaBarbera sold for $2,250. The event yielded $43,795 for March of Dimes.
“We are so grateful for the support of the team and proud to be chosen as a recipient of such a successful event,” March of Dimes Division Director Jennifer Stark said.
Other beneficiaries of the auction included Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of America, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Rockford, and the Junior IceHogs.
Since the first auction in 1999, the IceHogs have raised $685,525, all of which has stayed in the Rockford community. Last year, the Abraham Lincoln jersey auction netted $41,255.
“We play hockey for a living, and some people, they have it harder,” IceHogs center David Gilbert said during the auction. “So, every time we can give back to the community, we like it.”
The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization and its mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes provides mothers, pregnant women and women of childbearing age with educational resources on baby health, pregnancy, preconception and new motherhood, as well as supplying information and support to families affected by prematurity, birth defects or other infant health problems.
Posted March 31, 2014