DUBUQUE, IA– Last Saturday’s fifth annual “Pink the Rink” packed a big punch in the fight against breast cancer. The event, presented by UnityPoint Health Finley Health Foundation and Wendt Regional Cancer Center, grossed over $14,000 to help the fight against breast cancer. Proceeds will benefit the Wendt Regional Cancer Center and Visiting Nurse Association. Ticket purchases, pink t-shirt sales, donations by community partners and the post-game auction of the special pink accented jerseys worn by the Fighting Saints all played key roles in raising funds for this worthy cause.
“Finley Hospital is honored to participate in this significant community event with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Not only is it a great cause, but a way for us to partner with the community to raise awareness about the disease. Proceeds from the event play an important role in patient care at Finley Hospital,” said Barb Potts, executive director of the Finley Health Foundation.
The funds raised on Saturday will be split between the Wendt Cancer Center and the Visiting Nurse Association. The Wendt Cancer Center is the Tri-State's sole provider of radiation oncology services. Patients place their trust in the Wendt Center's skilled professionals and cutting-edge technology, allowing them to receive this potentially life-saving treatment near their homes. The Visiting Nurse Association’s Women's Breast Health program provides financial assistance for mammograms and related breast and cervical cancer diagnostic services for Tri-State residents who would not otherwise be able to afford the tests.
The special 26 pink jerseys, including all players, and the Fighting Saints mascot, Bernie, were auctioned at the end of the night to help the fight against breast cancer. The auction was a resounding success, with two jerseys grossing bids of over $1,000, including forward Evan Smith’s jersey earning a team high $1,125 bid. The average bid on the jerseys, which featured a special pink Fighting Saints shield logo on the front adored with pink ribbons, was over $450 per jersey.
The gracious support of the Tri-State community was on display throughout the night and played a large role in the funds raised. During the game, check presentations for donations to the Wendt Cancer Center was made by the Clarke Association of Nursing Students, Dubuque Internal Medicine, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles “Eyes on the Future” program. Kwik Stop, Dairy Queen and Fazoli’s also donated a basket of pink items that were auctioned off in a special silent auction that raised an additional $100. These donations are included in the gross total raised.
Saturday’s “Pink the Rink” also honored caregivers from UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, Finley Health Foundation, Wendt Cancer Center, Visiting Nurse Association and Dubuque Internal Medicine in a special ceremony during the first intermission where a human pink ribbon was formed on the ice. The event also featured the introduction and story of cancer survivor Wendy Dunson, who was escorted onto the ice by Dubuque captains Sasha Larocque and Dylan Gambrell.
Many fans wore pink to help show their support, and fans received a glow-in-the-dark pink necklace, courtesy of Health Services Credit Union.