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Pink in the Rink 2017

When: Sunday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Where: Tri-Town Ice Arena, 311 W. River Road, Hooksett
Cost: $10 general admission, free for kids under 10
Visit: pinkinrink.org




Scoring goals
Pink in the Rink fundraiser returns

05/18/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Watch hockey games and lace up your own skates at the Tri-Town Ice Arena in Hooksett on Sunday, May 21, when Pink in the Rink returns to raise money for breast cancer research. 

The day will kick off with a youth hockey game from 11 a.m. to noon, featuring players from the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs roster, the Concord Capitals and other local youth hockey teams.
Public ice skating will follow from 12:10 to 1:15 p.m., and visitors will have the option to either bring their own skates or rent them at the arena. 
The opening ceremony for the adult hockey game takes place at 1:45 p.m., and after that game, around 5:15 p.m., raffle drawings will begin.
Event organizer and founder Jason Choiniere started the Pink in the Rink foundation after initially holding a fundraising game as a partnership with the Manchester Monarchs.
“At the time, my best friend’s son’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and lost her life in 2013,” he said. “We did a memorial game for her and a couple of days later we started talking about wanting to do more to raise money.”
Choiniere worked to get local community members involved and held the first Pink in the Rink game independent of the Monarchs at the Tri-Town Ice Arena three years ago. More than $17,000 was raised through ticket sales, sponsorships and donations — more than five times the amount that had been raised from games with the Monarchs.
“We were shocked with how much money we raised, because we weren’t expecting anything close to that, so then I said, ‘We need to keep doing this,’” he said. “We donated most of the money to the American Cancer Society, and then they started pushing what we were doing, and then we contacted the state and did all that we needed to do to become 501(c)(3) certified.”
Last year’s event — which Choiniere said was the first to integrate public ice skating — raised close to $18,500. The goal for this year, he said, is to reach $20,000. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
“We’ve also gathered some people that have wanted to help out to create a board for the nonprofit, so we have seven people on the board with us now,” he said. “We’re all 100-percent volunteer and we do what we can to get the community involved as much as possible.”
He said that can include everything from local cancer survivors appearing for ceremonial puck drops prior to the games, to organizations donating prizes to be won from the raffles.
Dozens of items will be raffled off this year, with kids getting to pick the winning tickets.
“There’s all kinds of stuff big and small, so gift certificates and gift cards, hockey sticks and equipment, patio furniture, and even some autographed hockey jerseys and other signed sports paraphernalia that New England Picture [in Manchester] donates to us,” Choiniere said. “We’ll usually have one big raffle item and this year it’s going to be a Stanley Cup replica signed by Bobby Orr.”
Other organizations participating this year through raffle donations, sponsorships or ticket sales include Under Armour, Gallant Insurance in Bow, Merchants Auto in Hooksett, and Pento Auto Sales in Bow. 





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