Number of Participants: 47
Hours Donated: 3
Value of Time Served: $1,191
Event Amount Raised: $1,128
Event Type: Veterans & Military Families
Sport: Ice Hockey
Date: January 5, 2023
Chelmsford High School
Richardson Road, North Chelmsford
The Billerica/Chelmsford High School girls and the Chelmsford High School boys hockey players wanted to make a difference in the fight against cancer and that’s just what they did.
On Wednesday January 5th the Chelmsford Forum hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Night. This idea all started with senior hockey players Julia Williams, Remore Serra and Cole Pelkey. Both teams got behind the concept and decided to dedicate their time, effort and all proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Every one of these players knows someone who has fought, or is battling cancer, including current classmate Nik Sperounis, whose number was proudly displayed on all of the players purple jerseys in a show of support. Both teams promoted the event by posting tributes on social media and inviting the whole town to support their cause.
The Chelmsford Police Department Color Guard marched along with special guest Todd Angilly, the official anthem singer for the Boston Bruins. The players, coaches and parents all helped to plan the events throughout the night. There was a raffle and a silent auction that is still active online until February 28th. Fans could donate a dollar and make a sign in support of a loved one who has fought against, or is currently battling cancer. The CHS pep band got the crowd in the spirit in between whistles, and there were fun shooting contests and a Chuck-A-Puck contest in between periods. The Tundra, our CHS student club that rallies the crowd, encouraged all fans to wear purple to show their support. Brendan Conley from 11th Man Productions, event videographer, captured all of the highlights of the night including clips from both wins.
A special shout out of thanks goes to local businesses, Culligan Water of Lowell, Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP, Establishment Restaurant and Chelmsford Boosters, who sponsored the event as well by hosting a team dinner for the players, organizing and funding events throughout the evening. The Chelmsford Forum was packed with people of the community who got to see both teams come out with a win. The teams raised $1,128 to donate to the American Cancer Society. We want our athletes to give back to the community, and they certainly made us proud by doing just that!