By Frank Foreman
Despite what the scoreboard reads following tonight’s Meadville hockey match with Armstrong, there will be more than just a team that walks away from the game a winner.
Donning their pink jerseys, the Meadville Bulldogs will host “Pink the Rink” night tonight at the DeArment Ice Arena, the kick-off event for the team’s “Power Play for Prevention” program, an event designed to raise money for the Survivorship Program at Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute of Meadville.
The event, which began in 2005, has raised over $60,000 for cancer patients and survivors. In the past, the donated money has gone to a general cancer fund, however starting in 2012, the donations now are given back to the community, specifically to the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute.
Two Meadville seniors, Owen Miller and John Gizzie, are spearheading the program as their senior project. Given the amount of work and effort put into it thus far, the two team captains are providing more than just leadership on the ice.
“We wanted to switch it up and give it more of a community feel,” Miller said. “It’s a great way to raise money, and it’s a great feeling to help out the community.”
The fundraising effort includes purchasing a pledge card, where a dollar amount is donated for every power play goal scored by Meadville this season. A one-time donation can also be made, with all of the proceeds being donated to the Suvivorship Program.
“Any time you raise money for a good cause is a good thing. It’s something that is very special to the team,” Miller said. “We always want to raise more than the year before. It becomes a sense of pride.”
While the event lasts all season long, tonight marks the celebratory start to the fundraiser. Fans are asked to wear pink to the game, where a nice crowd is expected to show their support for a good cause.
“We should have a nice student section, and that always gets us fired up,” Miller said. “Scoring power play goals is always something you want to do, and now we want to do it even more.”
Tonight’s contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., where fans can purchase pledge cards or make a donation.