2017 Invitation

11th Annual Stick It to Brain Tumors Women’s Hockey Tournament

March 24-26, 2017 at Union College’s Messa Rink, Schenectady, NY

We are cordially inviting you to participate in our 11th Annual Stick It to Brain Tumors Benefit Tournament! 

 Our goal in 2017 is the same as past years:

  • Have Fun.
  • Raise Awareness Of Brain Tumors (Cancer)
  • Raise More Money for Brain Tumor Research.

The effects of brain tumors can be devastating because they are located at the control center for thought, emotion, and movement. In many cases, brain tumor survivors live with physical and/or psychological disabilities. We don’t even know the causes of brain tumors!  Unfortunately, brain tumor cancer research is one of the most under-funded areas of cancer research in this country. Of the ten priority areas for research, brain tumors come in at the bottom for funding.

We have raised over $200,000 in our ten tournaments!  We greatly appreciate the support of all the teams and individuals that participated to make it such a successful event!!

All proceeds are donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation & Johns Hopkins Research Hospital.

 

Thank You

Thank you for your support of our 2016 Tournament!

March 17-20, 2016

Hosted by The Messa Mustangs at Union College’s Messa Rink in Schenectady, NY

Our 2016 Tournament has raised over $25,000 so far for pediatric brain cancer research!!

Here are some of the highlights from the weekend –

  • D Champs – Saratoga Storm
  • Rec Champs – CT Ice Breakers
  • Money raised – $25,000+
  • Number of raffles items – 116
  • Number of goals scored – 108
  • Number of penalties – 77 (the Arctic Foxes Rec team had 0 penalties in the tournament!!)

Here are all the people that made the weekend a success!

Special thanks to Craig Jackson for putting up with me!

Special thanks to Christopher Jackson for creating the website and helping out all weekend, he is so special to me!

Special thanks to Bryan Jackson from coming all the way from Buffalo to help and for being my hero. He has endured his brain tumor with amazing grace and dignity and this tournament is dedicated to him!

Special thanks as always to Adam Brinker for hosting, refing and helping with the tournament!!

Special thanks to Kaelyn Dooley for living at the rink and baking sooo many great cookies!

Special thanks to all the ref that volunteered to work this event: Jim Strohecker, Adam Brinker, Andrew Goyer, Bill Dickerson, Chris Cameron , David Cournan Sr , David Sheridan, Drew Prescott, Jeff Myers, Jerry Witkop, Josh Witkop, Joe Newell, John Buckley Sr., Mark Mayhew, Rick Viall, Tom Binsfeld, Tom Dugan and Walt Peretti.

Special thanks to honorary Mustang, Kathy Zakriski for also living at the rink and being the raffle basket queen.

Special thanks to Jen Kruman for all her help in setting up for the dinner, clean-up and always knowing what needs to be done.

Special thanks to Betty Jo Daly (another honorary Mustang) for baking the cake and working where ever she was needed.

Special thanks to Barb Allen & Gary Lanphear for helping with the raffle, selling food and diapering trees.

Special thanks to Terry Laibach for coming all the way from Kingston to help set-up.

Special thanks to Cindy Chan for her organizational skills, great meatballs and two terrific kids and a wonderful husband too!!

Special thanks to Ashley Johnston for taking time to be at the rink and drop the ceremonial puck!

Special thanks to Mustangs – Carla Bengle-Mackey, Stacy Caruso-Sharpe, Leah Hilton, Bert Steele (who also printed the program books), Barb Cruden, Ginnie Gardner, Joanne Lafrancois, Kathy Davis, Sam Gartland, Heidi Dillenbeck, Kimmie Mergen, Pam Mantas, Page Salenger, Talia Salenger, Nicole Evers, Sheila Manz, Sue Butler, Erin Beaulac, Keri VAnNatten and Dawn Zakowicz who made baskets, worked games, helped set-up & break down, lived at the rink, donated raffle items and played great hockey even though they were exhausted!

A special thanks to the Frozen Assets for raising the most money as a team and donating it to our cause!

More thanks to those that volunteered for off-ice jobs – Laurie Hepler, Steve Ditch, Gary Feinland, Pete Pettit, Wendy Hull, George & Diana Sogoian, Trish Marciano, Berkley, Ken Larsen, Beau Ballard, Gary Johnston.

And to all that donated silent auction items, Thank you! – Union’s Men’s & Women’s Hockey teams, NHL, NY Giants, Colin Stevens, Linda Locke, Satyawattie Persaud, Judy Fregoe, Betty-Jo Daly, Tom Lynch and Roberta Steele.

And to those that donated raffle items – Terry Laibach, Buffalo Bills, Maxine & Simon Alpart, Frank Chan, Dianne Chan, Joan Ma, Irene Petito, NJ Devils, Tri-City Valley Cats, Johanna Dooley, Happy Scherer, Shannon Woodley, Albany Devils,  Dave Nelson, Hockey Store & More, Scott’s Hallmark, Heat to Tail, Shereen Brock, Marcia Plumadore, Kris & Chip, Coach Bennett, Frozen Assets, Danbury Battle Axes, BJ Wholesale, Hannafords, Price Chopper and Gold Stocks.

We have raised over $200,000 in our ten tournaments!  We greatly appreciate the support of all the teams and individuals that participated to make it such a successful event!!

This is truly a huge effort that takes an amazing team to accomplish!  I truly appreciate all your help and support!

Thank you!

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All proceeds are donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation & Johns Hopkins Research Hospital.

We look forward to seeing you in March 2017.