IceDogs donate more than $30,000 to local charities

Niagara IceDogs


St. Catharines, ON – The Niagara IceDogs are proud to announce that they have donated more than $30,000 to two deserving charities in the Niagara region over the last two weeks.

Betty-Lou Souter, CEO of Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold joined IceDogs owners Bill and Denise Burke for a cheque presentation last week for the amount of $15,000.  These funds were raised through the Dogs’ Ugly Christmas specialty jerseys that were worn at the game on December 16th.  These ugly, yet attractive jerseys were a big hit among fans with goaltender Stephen Dhillon’s jersey leading the way at $800, followed closely by defenceman Drew Hunter at $700, along with four players- Kirill Maksimov, Johnny Corneil, Billy Constantinou and Philip Tomasino selling for $625 each.

Today Bill and Denise Burke were joined by representatives from Autism Ontario- Niagara Chapter including Chapter Manager Fran Chesney, Fund Development Coordinator, Jennifer Chrysler Loney and President of the Board, Mike Gowan to present the Niagara Chapter with a cheque for the amount of $15,350.

On October 21st the Dogs’ wore specialty jerseys with an Autism Awareness theme.  After the game these one-of-a-kind jerseys were auctioned off in support of Autism Ontario- Niagara Chapter.  IceDogs forward Akil Thomas and defenceman Elijah Roberts’ jerseys sold for $1,200 each, while goaltender Stephen Dhillon, Edmonton Oilers draft pick Kirill Maksimov and Dogs rookie standout Philip Tomasino’s jerseys each sold for $850 respectively.  Goaltender Stephen Dhillon also wore a specially designed mask that was auctioned off online and sold for an impressive $1,235.

The IceDogs would like to send a special thank you to Luke Pasmore of Luke’s Auctions who donates his time to help our live auctions be so successful.  Additionally, the Dogs would like thank our great fans who continue to support our community initiatives and make these donations possible.

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