I just wanted to take a moment to say a big, heartfelt 'Thank You' to Second City Hockey, Bottom Lounge, and Cheryl from HockeyBroad. During the event Sam thanked me for putting this event on, and while it was appreciated, I was certainly not alone in making CPC successful. Sam and the crew at Second City Hockey secured the location and really used their network of readers to help promote the event. Bottom Lounge gave us their space without a security deposit, something most places require and charity event organizers are forced to come up with the funds. And Cheryl, for not only really being the life force behind the MOTB campaign on Twitter, but for all of the donations she secured on our behalf AND the wonderful pictures she took of the players and found a way to get signed. And last but certainly not least, 'Thank You' Chicago for opening your hearts, clearing your schedules, and emptying your wallets for a cause that's very near and dear to us at Chicks Who Give a Puck. Many of you know someone who has been affected by cancer in some way shape or form; your stories are unique yet the sentiment is the same. Let's stand together and once and for all tell cancer where it can shove it.
As many of you know, last Saturday night we raised about $2494, many of your friends who were sick, busy with other commitments, or otherwise unavailable were not included in that total. This also does not include donations from fans from around the NHL who you, that's right, YOU, inspired to take a stand with us. When we originally tweeted if anyone would be interested in doing $1 for every time Chelsea Dagger was played only a few picked up. From talking with HockeeNight about Toews' foul mouth and a failed attempt at giving a food bank outside of Chicago money for every time Tazer dropped a word that rhymes with puck. They didn't want that message associated with their organization; they didn’t get hockey fans’ humor and niche community. We knew what we had to do, and we tweeted asking if anyone was interested in covering Captain Serious’ seriously foul mouth. Hockey fans, especially Cheryl of HockeyBroad took hold of the MOTB idea and ran with it. Suddenly, there were donations against fans' favorite teams, blocked shots, f-bombs, snow from the snowstorm amongst others. This became a 'fun'raiser and we hope you feel the same way.
We are looking at making this an annual event, possibly raising money for a different cancer related charity each year. We hope you will join us once more, as we know we have learned much and we’re excited to make every year bigger and better.
We plan on keeping the Chicago Pucks Cancer site up and going until the next event. We'd love to gather your testimonials as we update the 'media' page. And make sure you're still following @ChiPucksCancer on Twitter, we need your help getting fans of the other 29 teams to help us finish strong and reach our goal of $5000.
Thank you again for everything. We can't wait to see you again next year! And please, if you're looking for a place to watch the game remember Second City Hockey and Bottom Lounge. We couldn't have done it without them!