Pigs n Heat returns for another year

Daily Mining Gazette file photo Last year’s Pigs n Heat Benefit hockey game enjoyed record attendance, said Houghton Police Lt. Nick Roberts, who is one of the organizers of the event. He is hoping for another record attendance this year.

HOUGHTON — The annual Pigs n Heat benefit hockey game between local police and local fire department members is returning for yet another year.

Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton City Police said the game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in the Student Development Complex at Michigan Technological University.

Roberts said there will be cash prizes, raffles, and food available, along with all the fun people have come to expect.

Tickets are available at the door, and in advance from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, the Houghton City Center, local law enforcement, and volunteer firefighters. Tickets are one for $3, or two for $5, and game tickets automatically enter the holder into a drawing for cash and many other prizes.

“First place prize is $1,000 from Blue Line Site Solutions and Superior Towing,” Roberts said. “Second place will be $750, from Superior National Bank, and third place is $500 from the Frank A. Douglass Agency and Keweenaw Automotive.”

All proceeds will benefit the Copper Copper Country Police and Fire Relief Fund, which aids the victims of fire, crime, and other emergencies.

“We are really hoping for another record turnout,” said Roberts. “There were several fires and accidents this past year, and we paid out more than $10,000. We really need to replenish the fund, so we want to encourage everybody to come and enjoy a great game, and help support relief fund.”