The Austin Bruins presented a check of $41,579 to the Hormel Institute on Wednesday – a record amount raised on “Paint the Rink Pink” Night, in the 6th annual event at Riverside Arena on Saturday, February 6th. A sold out crowd of over 2,000 fans watched the Austin Bruins take on the Coulee Region Chill (La Crosse, WI) on a sheet of pink-painted ice and then had the chance to participate in a live auction following the game to benefit the Institute.
Along with the game worn specialty jerseys, other unique items were auctioned off, including a stick autographed by former Bruin (and current Minnesota Golden Gopher) goaltender Nick Lehr and the rest of Gopher team, as well as a framed panoramic photo (courtesy of Diamond Ridge Printing) taken the same night and then autographed by each current Bruins player. The jersey of Bruins mascot “Bruiser,” was raffled off during the third period of the game. All proceeds go directly to the Hormel Institute’s world renowned Breast Cancer Research. In six years, the Bruins have nearly $200,000 for the Institute.
The Bruins would like to extend a special thanks to Steve Moline and Dave Thompson for facilitating the live auction and emphasize their utmost appreciation for the continued generosity of the best fans in the North American Hockey League.
Photos courtesy of Don Boesen, Boesen Photography