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Foundations unite for hockey fundraiser

November 6, 2012
By SCOTT VIAU - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Portage Health Foundation and Keweenaw Health Foundation are teaming up for the inaugural Hockey for Health fundraising event to help benefit the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association and the Calumet Hockey Association. Proceeds from the event will also go to PHF and KHF.

The event will take place Saturday at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena on the Michigan Technological University campus. Admission is free for children 18 and younger. Tickets for adults will cost $5.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with an open skate with the Michigan Tech hockey players, as well as players from the Finlandia University women's team.

At 7 p.m., a for-fun hockey game is planned with employees from Aspirus Keweenaw and Portage Health making up the teams.

According to Portage Health Marketing Associate Michael Babcock, all of the employees have at least some experience playing hockey.

Babcock thinks the event will have a really fun atmosphere and people should come out to participate.

"People should want to go out and support the organizations that support them," Babcock said. "They work really hard for the community and we hope they'll come out to this game."

In addition to the open skating and hockey game, there will also be a community expo with various nonprofit organizations in attendance.

"All these different organizations are going to be showing off things about themselves," Babcock said.

Throughout the night, there will also be games for kids.

The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Portage Health Caf in Hancock, all Aspirus Keweenaw locations, Houghton Broadcasting Studio in Houghton, J&J Broadcasting Studio in Hancock and The Daily Mining Gazette.



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