SAGINAW, Mich. – The Saginaw Spirit, members of the 20-team Ontario Hockey League, are proud to announce the Saginaw Spirit Charitable Foundation in partnership with Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan has raised $62,688.00 during their sixth annual “Hockey for the Homeless” night on March 4, 2017 at The Dow Event Center.
Craig Goslin, Team President, Saginaw Spirit:
”On behalf of Dick Garber, It’s an honor for the Saginaw Spirit to partner with Rescue Ministries in the extremely successful Hockey for the Homeless event. The event is making a significant impact in the lives of people in our community that need a boost and may be down on their luck. Guests of the Rescue Mission could be a neighbor, a friend, a young family or even a relative that may be in need of some help during a desperate time of their lives. Dan Streeter, Kim Ancel and their excellent staff at the Rescue Mission and the Good Samaritan Rescue Ministry are great partners. The sources of revenue for this event are the fundraiser tickets, the WNEM TV5 Phone Bank, the post-game jersey auction and the sponsorships by the corporate clients. We are proud of the Saginaw Spirit Players that participate in the post-game jersey auction and very grateful to the sponsors Hopevale Church, The Iles-Schropp Group at Merrill Lynch, Serenus Johnson Construction, Catholic Federal Credit Union, GM Powertrain, In Cal Technologies, CPI Fluid Engineering and Bid Now Online Auctions. We are also very grateful for our partnership with WNEM TV5 on this event. We look forward to doing it even bigger and better next season!”
In the six years of the “Hockey or the Homeless” Event, the Saginaw Spirit and Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan have partnered to raise $188,581.00. Money raised during the annual “Hockey for the Homeless” helps provide emergency shelter services including safe shelter, nutritious meals, case management and life skills training.
Dan Streeter, Chief Executive Officer, City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan:
“Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan is extremely grateful to the Staff, Players, and Fans of the Saginaw Spirit. Each played a significant role in helping “Hockey for the Homeless” have its most successful campaign in the six years of partnership with the Saginaw Spirit. The timing couldn’t have been better, because Rescue Ministries needed to provide care for over 2,200 people in 2016. That is the most ever served in the 112-year history of the organization, and the numbers still remain high in 2017. The Saginaw Spirit organization is a tremendous community partner and we are thankful for their commitment to the homeless and pained of our community.”
Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan has more than 100 years of experience addressing the most basic needs of the homeless: shelter, food and clothing. With time, they have increased their effectiveness by expanding their facilities and improving their programs. Today they are the largest homeless service provider in Mid-Michigan. Last year they provided services to over 2200 homeless men, women and children.
The Saginaw Spirit are honored to continue growing the partnership with Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan and expanding the success of the “Hockey for the Homeless” specialty night embarking on a seventh season of existence.
For more information, please visit saginawspirit.com.