Friday, January 21, 2011
Wreaking Havoc and Raising Money!
Another year, another great hockey game and a lot of money raised!!
Saturday, January 8th, was Melissa George Night at the Huntsville Havoc game.
I was just happy to be there. If you recall, last year I came down with a stomach virus about three hours before the game and I missed it. This year, Lily Baker was a little under the weather, but we were all there and accounted for!
All of the kids who swam on AC's Swim for Melissa team came this year and it was so much fun watching them have such a good time! We are so lucky to have such good friends that we can share this special night with.
As she does each year, AC dropped the puck with Chris. I tried to take LB out there too, but she didn't want to go. She tends to be a little more shy than AC. :)
During the second intermission, AC and her friend Alex competed in the three-legged race. And they won! We couldn't have been more shocked because when they first tied their legs together, they could barely walk. It was pretty funny!
After the game, we auctioned off the players' pink and blue jerseys. I wanted Mom and Dad to take the girls home because it was so late and LB didn't feel great, but the girls - along with the clandestine efforts of Jerry Hayes - found their way down to the ice anyway.
We let them stay for some of it. And I was so glad we did.
Mike Carter is AC's favorite player. When it came time to auction off his jersey, she joined him on the ice.
A VERY generous donor bought it...and then gave it to Ann Catherine! She was pumped!!! Can you tell how excited she was?! :)
Thanks to all of you who came and supported the game. And to those of you who purchased sticks and jerseys - or have in the past - thank you, thank you, thank you!!
We raised $31,400 in that one evening for Melissa's Fund. We'll use the money to buy another Giraffe Isolette and a Transport Ventilator.
In five years, this event has raised $245,000 for Melissa's Fund. We have purchased so much equipment for the NICU over the years because of this one event. I continue to say it - hockey fans have the biggest hearts!! Our sincere thanks to the Huntsville Havoc for partnering with us to make life better for premature babies and their families.
What a wonderful night!