Despite an action packed 76 game schedule, Rockford IceHogs players, coaches, mascot and other team personnel jumped at every opportunity to give back to the Rockford area during the club’s 13th season of professional hockey.
Overall, the IceHogs helped raise $119,445 through the IceHogs Charitable Foundation, aided by the team’s generous fan base. Topping the list was the 13th Annual Jersey Auction held on March 11 as the club’s annual event brought in $30,312 and added to the 13-year total of over $640,000 raised for local charities, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, Rockford area Boys and Girls Clubs, Jr. IceHogs and more.
Other fundraising efforts in 2011-12 included the “Pink In The Rink” event on Jan. 28 that raised $21,548 for breast cancer research and awareness, the 3rd annual Bowl-A-Thon benefiting the Sydney Ives Foundation which raised $9,467 and over $40,000 raised through school fundraisers given directly back to the participating schools in the Rockford area.
For the past 13 seasons, the IceHogs have raised over $885,000 through the team’s Charitable Foundation, to give back to local charities.