Every dollar donated from ‘Paint the Rink Pink’ will go directly into breast cancer research
Austin Bruins owner Craig Patrick on Feb. 8 announced that $22,370 will be coming to The Hormel Institute for its breast cancer research and that “Paint the Rink Pink” will become an annual event.
Dr. Zigang Dong, executive director of The Hormel Institute, extended his deepest gratitude toward Patrick and the Bruins staff and coaches during a check presentation in The Hormel Institute’s lobby.
Working together with The Hormel Institute, the Bruins hosted the “Paint the Rink Pink” hockey game fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 5, before a sell-out crowd of about 1,900 people at Riverside Arena, which featured pink-colored ice for the game. Various donation activities raised money for The Hormel Institute but most of the funds – nearly $18,000 – came from a live auction of the Bruins players’ pink jerseys following the game. The first jersey sold for $2,700.
All of the “Paint the Rink Pink” donation will go directly to breast cancer research at The Hormel Institute.
“Paint the Rink Pink” featured cancer survivors related to Bruins players doing the ceremonial opening puck drop as well as the Austin singing group 2nd Edition – which lost one of its members to cancer – singing the National Anthem. Other local cancer survivors spoke during a short program by The Hormel Institute on the ice during the first intermission.
The Hormel Institute is a world-renowned medical research center in Austin specializing in research leading to cancer prevention and control.