Chatham Maroons raise $3500 for breast cancer awareness

Chatham Maroons on November 1, 2021 in pink uniforms. The team raised $3500 in support of breast cancer awareness. Photo: Shelby Lee Olmsted

 The Chatham Maroons annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night held Sunday, November 1st was a “huge success due to the generosity of our fans and our sponsors”, according to Karen Szekesy of the Chatham Maroons.

“The $3500 raised from the auction of the pink game jerseys, the raffle of the pink hockey items and a donation from the Chatham Maroons Hockey Club will be shared by The Breast Buddies and by the Canadian Cancer Society, Chatham-Kent unit” said Szekesy.

The special pink jerseys were donated by The Szekesy Family and Hogan’s Printing. Mike Wonnacott of Simply Vinyl Signs & Graphics and Dean Outhouse of RPM Designs donated the pink hockey items which were autographed by the Maroons.

Members of The Breast Buddies were in attendance for the special pre-game ceremony. They are a group of breast cancer survivors who have taken up dragon boat racing. It is their mission to promote awareness of a quality of life after a diagnosis of breast cancer. Also participating in the pre-game ceremony was Krissy Rioux, the Fundraising Assistant for the Chatham-Kent Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Over the past 3 years, this brings the total raised by the Jr. Maroons to just under $10,000.

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