Monday, September 26, 2011

'Jacks help raise $2700 for WSAHA

The Muskegon Lumberjacks raised $2,700 to support the West Shore Amateur Hockey Association during their exhibition game against the Youngstown Phantoms on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the West Shore Community Ice Arena.

Along with the Lumberjacks, many West Shore volunteers helped raise funds through ticket sales, a silent auction and the classic intermission game Chuck-a-Puck.

“This was a terrific opportunity to showcase the USHL to our fans in the Ludington area,” said Lumberjacks president Tim Taylor. “More importantly, the event raised significant money for the West Shore Amateur Hockey Association.”

All proceeds from the event were donated to the West Shore Amateur Hockey Association and the youth programs they facilitate. Additional funds will be allocated among the youth hockey teams to help cover expenses for ice time.

“I wanted to present a professional element to the event, and see to the needs of each team and their staff and provide an enjoyable experience for the spectators,” said Charlie Weber, president of the WSAHA. “The game was exciting and I am pleased at the result of the first-year run at this. It will only get better.”

“I was pleased to see the organization of the event, the professionalism of the players, coaches, and staff of both Muskegon and Youngstown,” West Shore Community Ice Arena manager Mike Moore said. “I thought the teams made a great impression on the local community and I hope this helps facilitate both interest in hockey at our arena and for the Muskegon Lumberjacks.”

The Lumberjacks also participated in a 20-minute post-game skate with hockey fans and children. The players signed autograph cards and memorabilia.

“A special thank you to Charlie Weber, West Shore Community Ice Arena, and all of the volunteers that made the event possible,” Taylor said. “Furthermore, we thank those that attended and supported the event.”

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