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Rush Help Raise A record Breaking $60,000 For the Fight Against Cancer

February 13, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rapid City Rush News Release

(Rapid City, SD) - At Friday night's game against the Odessa Jackalopes, the Rapid City Rush hosted their second annual "Pink at the Rink" event. With numerous promotions taking place and players auctioning off specialty jerseys, the Rush helped raise over $60,000 to be donated to the Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation and Regional Cancer Care Institute. The money raised is being donated to help purchase a brand new TomoTherapy table which will help treat and fight all types of cancer.

"I have been around hockey and the CHL for a long time, and I cannot remember such generosity in one night of fundraising" said General Manager Tim Hill. "I want to thank everyone involved; the fans, the volunteers, the players, and my staff. It makes me so proud to be part of the Rapid City Rush organization after such an inspiring night of giving."

The Rush were able to raise money through a number of events and promotions. Over $10,000 was raised during the game with donations from the sellout crowd in attendance. All of the proceeds from "Chuck a Puck" as well as program sales also went towards the cause. Finally, $48,500 was brought in with the jersey auction after the game, highlighted by Derek LeBlanc - $5,000, Jon Pelle - $3,800, and Gio Flamminio - $3,200. All of the money raised will stay in the Rapid City area and help benefit all types of cancer.

"It's so nice to know the Rapid City Rush are not just concerned about what happens on the ice, but are also interested in helping the community they play hockey in," said Angie Kliewer, Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation Director of Fundraising Services. "We are so grateful the Rush organization and team will be wearing pink, on Feb. 12, and have chosen to support the Regional Cancer Care Institute here in Rapid City."

With the goal of $10,000 reached during the game and in honor of the fans, the Rush invite you out to watch Kirk Medernach, Scott Wray, Jon Pelle, and Colt King along with the Rush front office get their head shaved Monday afternoon at 1pm in the ice arena.

The Rush and Jackalopes square off again tonight at 7:05pm, the game is sold out. Tickets are still available for Tuesday's contest against the Colorado Eagles. Tuesday's game will feature a performance from America's Got Talent finalists, "Quick Change". One lucky Rush fan will receive round trip airfare to Las Vegas courtesy of Allegiant Air.

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