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Peterborough Petes’ Pink in the Rink tops $1M for Canadian Cancer Society

The Peterborough Petes’ annual Pink in the Rink fundraiser surpassed the $1-million mark following Saturday’s 15th edition at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

The fundraiser, held during a Petes’ OHL game,  supports the Canadian Cancer Society. This year’s edition raised $49,103.26, helping the Ontario Hockey League club to top $1 million since its inception.

With the Petes’ players acting as event ambassadors, the fundraiser included an auction of Petes’ pink game jerseys, a silent auction, T-shirt sale, chuck-a-puck, and a bucket pass in the crowd.

Funds this year will support the Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope program which offers cancer patient free rides to and from their treatment sites.

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On the ice, the Petes dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the visiting Niagara IceDogs.

“Firstly, I’d like to thank the players for being ambassadors for this year’s Campaign,” said Petes’ general manager and vice-president of operations Michael Oke. “We started this initiative 15 years ago with Petes staff such as Aaron Garfat, Cathy Webster, and Don Sharp. To be able to raise over $1 million in just 15 years is an amazing accomplishment.

“We hope to see this campaign continue to grow at the rate that it has today. Wheels of Hope is a great program, and we’re extremely pleased that the funds from this year will be put to good use.”

In the 15-year history of Pink in the Rink, the Petes have raised $1,003,239.20.

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