DUBUQUE, Iowa — The Dubuque Fighting Saints raised $13,786 during their first ever Hockey For All Night. In partnership with John Deere Dubuque Works, the Fighting Saints celebrate a month of diversity and inclusion. The month-long celebration included various events around the Dubuque area, with the ultimate goal of promoting diversity and inclusion through the sport of hockey. The funds raised during the month went to benefit the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States.
“United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States is proud to be the recipients of the John Deere Dubuque Works sponsored Hockey For All event, in partnership with the Dubuque Fighting Saints,” said Danielle Peterson, President/CEO of United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States. “Not only did this event generate revenue for our community impact fund, which benefits our local community, but it generated some great discussions and awareness around diversity and inclusion, at so many levels. We create a stronger community when we seek opportunities to engage and learn from others of all backgrounds and abilities. That is what United Way is all about, living united!”
During the month of February, the Fighting Saints were able to interact with various non-profits in the area to spread the positive message. Fighting Saints players visited The Workshop Galena, which has been promoting the general welfare of individuals with disabilities since 1961. They also spent an evening with the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque and participated in a sled hockey event.
“John Deere Dubuque Works was happy to work with the Dubuque Fighting Saints and United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States to promote diversity and inclusion with a month-long celebration during February,” said Mark Dickson, general manager at John Deere Dubuque Works. “Through Hockey For All we were able to connect with the community through diversity and inclusion and raise over $13,000 to help meet the needs of the community and the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States.”
The Saints not only had a successful month leading up the culminating event on February 22nd, but the game itself was also a huge success. Dubuque saw their largest crowd of the season, as just under 3,000 people packed the Mystique Community Ice Center for the game.
“The Dubuque Fighting Saints are extremely proud of Hockey For All, promoting diversity and inclusion, created in partnership with John Deere Dubuque Works,” said Nick Shane, President of the Fighting Saints. “I commend John Deere, a worldwide brand, for their level of dedication in the Dubuque community on a consistent basis, including Hockey For All. The message of diversity and inclusion is extremely important in our ever-evolving society. Raising over $13,000 for the United Way Dubuque Area Tri-States is a tremendous start to the program. The Fighting Saints look to the future with excitement and anticipation of making an even greater impact in the community with Hockey For All next season.”
The Saints will continue to promote diversity and inclusion this month with Autism Awareness night sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy on Friday. While Hockey For All was highlighted by a jersey auction, Autism Awareness night will feature a helmet auction. The Saints teamed up with children from Unified Therapy to paint specialty helmets that will be auctioned off during the game on Friday.