Chatham Maroons Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night A Huge Success – by C. Scott Holland
Every team in the GOJHL observed Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, but for the Chatham Maroons their event was held on November 1st.
Wearing their own special pink jerseys, “It was a huge success,” according to Karen Szekesy of the Maroons.
On that particular night the Maroons battled the St. Thomas Stars and won a hard-fought game 5-4 in front of 913 spectators but it was the big display of generosity from the fans and sponsors who really made the night.
Over $3,500 was raised via the auction of the pink game jerseys as well as raffles on pink hockey items plus donations from the Chatham Maroons’ Hockey Club.
“The proceeds will be shared by the Breast Buddies and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Chatham-Kent unit,” Szekesy said.
The Maroons’ special pink jersey home jerseys were donated by the Szekesy family and Hogan’s Printing.
Pink hockey items autographed by Maroons’ players were donated by Mike Wonnacott (Simply Signs and Graphics) and Dean Outhouse (RPM Designs).
Many breast cancer survivors – the Breast Buddies – attended a special pre-game ceremony. The Breast Buddies are a group of breast cancer survivors who have done dragon boat races and raised awareness of the quality of life after a breast cancer diagnosis. On behalf of the Chatham-Kent Cancer Society, a fundraising assistant with the Society, Krissy Rioux, participated in the pre-game ceremonies.
During the last three years the Chatham Junior Maroons have raised almost $10,000 for the cause.
The Junior Maroons as well as all the other GOJHL teams have strived to bring more awareness about breast cancer and they will continue to make this event an annual one of great importance.
Anyone wishing additional information can contact Karen Szekesy of the Chatham Maroons at 519-727-4255 ext. 256.