2024 Stick It to Brain Tumors Tournament

What a great weekend!  The hockey games in all divisions were exciting and the Championship D game went to overtime and a shoot out! Laura Neander’s shootout goal was one for the books – it doesn’t get any more exciting than that!  The snow/ice storm also brought a level of excitement (that I hope we don’t see again!)  In spite of the storm, the teams showed up to play and the volunteers and refs showed up to work.  That’s dedication!! Stacey Caruso-Sharpe had to get towed out of a ditch and still showed up to work her later shifts!

Thank you all for your hard work, it was a great tournament and fundraiser!

First and foremost… we surpassed our goal!  We raised over $21,000 for Johns Hopkins and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation!  Thank you to all for your generous donations!

It takes a hockey community to accomplish this and the list is long and we would like to thank all these people…

Champion Sponsors

Allen Chestoski, Borisenok Family, Dave Elliott, Golub Foundation, Adirondack Beverage, Joanna & Glen Dooley and CDPHP

Fan Sponsors

Bill Wegman, Terry Laibach, Alexander Guo, Kim Williams, Barb Allen & Gary Lanphear, Brian Ruiz, Margaret O’Brien & Robert Langone, Stacey Caruso-Sharpe, Raffi & Paul Moroukian, Cindy Chan, Andy, Maxine & Simon Alpart and Gary Feinland

Wall of Courage Sponsors

Russ Newkirk, Molly Mulligan, Kent & Carol Molino, Ron Peacock, Robert Sweeney, Sue Butler, Emilio & Therase Petroccione, Petroccione Law Firm, Thomas Gardner, Dianne Tremblay, Barry & Marsha Sullivan

Yves & Elaine Nollet, Jennifer Kruman, Karen & James Quinn, Happy Scherer, Joel & Teresa Langlois, Carol & Gregory Braungart, Tom Gardner, Roberta Steele, Tim Peartree, George & Diana Sogoian and Mike & Millie Faulkner

Top Shelf Sponsors

Chris Mager, Brian Larrabee, Pete Hopke, Judy Myers, Jim & Carol Dominique, Tim Zakriski, Ron & Sharon Ferro, Mark Mayhew, Tom Lynch, Joe Godlewski, Tom Dugan and Pat Scanlon

Silent Auction Donors

Hockey Store & More, Mike Kalogridis, Mike & Millie Faulkner, NY Giants, Buffalo Bills, Judy Fregoe, NHL and Union College

Raffle Donors

Kathy, Nora & John Zakriski, Artist Bonnie White, Scott White, Kathy Z’s Mom, Ben & Alex Jackson, NY Jets, Tri-City VallyCats, Molly Mulligan, Katrina Isopo, Mario’s, Honest Weight, Barb Allen, Adirondack Thunder, Russell Sage College, Shannon Woodley, Hoffman Development, Head to Tail, Terry Laibach, Joanne Lafrancois, Cindy Chan, Andy, Maxine & Simon Alpart, Dianne Chan, George Chan, Sam Gartland, Carla Bengle, Roberta Steele, Kate Macdonald, Mike & Millie Faulkner, Trader Joe’s, Sue Butler, Barb Cruden, Tom Lynch, Laur Rivera & Brianne Brinker, Kris Florell & Chip Adam, Margot Plumadore, Zinful Thoughts, Strip King, Albany Angels Teams, Saugerties Nightmares Rec Team, Westchester Ice Breakers Team, Saugerties Nightmares D Team, Danbury Battles Axes Team and Adirondack Avalanche Team.

Volunteers (many braved the poor road conditions and no power at home to work!)

The best family anyone could have – Chris, Katie, Ben & Alex Jackson, Bryan Jackson and Megan Whalen

As close to family as you can be  – Audrey Winchester, Kathy Zakriski, Betty-Jo Daly and Jen Kruman

Messa Mustangs Family – Leah Hilton & Gary Johntson, Karen Balter, Erin Beaulac, Barb & George Cruden, Laurie Hepler, Debby Wasserstein & Molly Mulligan, Devan & Sheila Manz, Kaelyn Dooley, Maggie & Jon & Mom Gibson, Kate & Cam Macdonald, Carla Bengle, Cindy Chan & Andy, Maxine & Simon Alpart, Sue Butler, Sally Sutko, Brianne Brinker & Laur Rivera, JJ Cohn, Joanne Lafrancois, Bea Tsao, Kris Florell, Roberta Steele, Keri VanNatten, Stacey Caruso-Sharpe and Sam Gartland.

Over the Hill Hockey Team Family – Woody Woodworth, Dave Sheridan, Charlie Blanchet, Tom Miller, Yves Nollett, Mike & Millie Faulkner, Gil Gauthier, Mike Kalogridis, Paul Frament, Mark Mayhew and Pete Lemme.

Sage College Students – Emily Bablin, Buddy Bemis, Cassandra Stier, Danielle Spooner, Joe Siska, Layah Adler, Caroline Slade, Nick Carlson, Temera Budhoo, Reagan O’Sullivan, Derek Palmer, Connor Doherty, Abbey Smith, Nathan Ficht, Andrew Gomo and Caitlyn Lopeck.

Food Donations

Freihofer’s Baking Company, Blaze Pizza, Market 32/Price Chopper, Hannaford and the Messa Mustangs

Hockey Teams –

D Division

  • 1st Place – Adirondack Avalanche
  • 2nd Place – Saugerties Nightmares
  • Albany Angels
  • W Mass Stars
  • Danbury Battle Axes
  • CT Ice Breakers

Rec+ Division

  • 1st Place – Canandaigua Ladies
  • 2nd Place – Simsbury Mother Ducks
  •  Messa Mustangs
  •  W Mass Stars
  •  Chicks with Sticks
  • Westchester Ice Breakers

Rec Division

  • 1st Place – Saratoga Storm
  • 2nd Place – Albany Angels Navy
  • Saugerties Nightmares
  • Albany Angels Aqua

Thank you all for the best tournament and fundraiser yet!  If I forgot anyone, I am truly sorry!

Looking forward to 2025!

If you would still like to donate, our donation page has links to Johns Hopkins and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.  All the money we raise is donated to to them.  Both are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations dedicated to search for the cause, improve treatment options and find a cure for childhood brain tumors. Working together we can Stick It to Brain Tumors!

2023 Stick It to Brain Tumors Tournament is in the books

The 2023 Stick It to Brain Tumors Tournament is in the books.  Players, Volunteers and Spectators all seemed to have a good time!  We met our $15,000 goal and have raise $20,800 for Johns Hopkins Department of Neuropathology and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, which is outstanding!

We had 16 teams in the tournament from across NYS and Connecticut and Massachusetts.  It was a big event and as you can see below, there are many people to thank for its success.  Family, friends, volunteers, sponsors, teams that participated, spectators, refs – everyone was terrific!  It takes a village (or a small city) to have a successful event!!  Thank you to everyone!!  If I forgot anyone, I am truly sorry!


Chris, Katie, Ben, Alex and Bryan Jackson, Megan Whalen, Kathy Zakriski, Terry Laibach, Betty-Jo Daly, Kristine Croce, Barb Allen & Gary Lampear, Audrey Ruiz, Gary Feinland

Messa Mustang Family

Brianne Brinker, Barb & George Cruden, Kaelyn Dooley, Roberta Steele, Cindy Chan & Andy, Maxine & Simon Alpart, Sheila & Devon Manz, Maggie, Molly and Mom Gibson, Carla Bengle, Michelle Dickinson, Kris Florell & Chip Adam, Leah Hilton & Gary Johnston, Joanne Lafrancois, Keri VanNatten, Sally Sutko, Kate & Cam MacDonald, Laurie Hepler, Molly Mulligan, Sue Butler, Keri VanNatten, Bea Tsao, Page Salenger, Margaret & Don Launer, Stacey Caruso-Sharpe, Cathy & Berkley Davis

OTH Family

Woody Woodworth, Charlie & Carron Blanchet, Pete Lemme, Mark Mayhew, Paul Frament, Ron Peacock, Tom Miller, Michael Kalogridis, Mike & Millie Faulkner

Guilderland High School Volunteers

Miranda Putorti, Sameeha Hasan, Maxine Alpart

Russell Sage Physical Therapy Volunteers

Joe Siska, Olivia Arsenault, Evelyn Gile, Danielle Spooner, Lena Calkins, Guy Catz, Kyle van Laer, Nathan Fitch, Buddy Bemis, Stefano Dato, Nick Carlson

Food Donations

Messa Mustangs, Betty Jo Daly, Kathy Zakriski, Adirondack Beverage and Freihofers


Messa Mustangs, Buffalo Sabrettes, Adirondack Avalanche, Albany Angels D, Saugerties Nightmares D,  Danbury Battle Axes, CT Ice Breakers, Saratoga Storm D, Southern Tier Storm, Simsbury Mother Ducks, Chicks with Sticks, Westchester Ice Breakers, Albany Angels Rec Agua, Albany Angels Rec Navy, Saugerties Nightmares Rec and Saratoga Storm Rec.

Refs (donated their ref fee)

Bill Dickerson, Scott Zalud, Jerry Witkop and others

 Raffle Donations  

Adirondack Avalanche, Barb Cruden, Ben & Alex Jackson, Betty-Jo Daly, Carla Bengle, Center Street, Charles Blanchet NHKeller Williams Rock Star Luxe Team, Charlie and Carron Blanchet, Cheryl Warren, Cupola Coffee, Danbury Battle Axes, Dawn Zakowicz, Discount Beverage, Glens Fall Thunder Hockey, Glenville Beverage, Head to Tail, Hockey Store & More, Hoffmans Car Wash, Honest Weight, Joanne Lafrancois, John Everett, Kathy Zakriski, Keri VanNatten, Laurie Hepler, Maggie Gibson, Maxine Alpart, Mike & Millie Faulkner, North Broadway Tavern, NY Jets, Pat Patterson, Pinhead Susan’s, Pioneer Bank, Saratoga Storm Rec Team, Saugerties Nightmares, Shannon Woodley, Sheila Tandon, Simon Alpart, Stripe King, Bobby Young, Target, Terry Laibach, theRep, Tipsy Moose, Tom Lynch, TriCity ValleyCats, Union’s Men Hockey Team, Westchester Ice Breakers

 Silent Auction Donations

Mike & Milly Faulkner, Brianne Brinker, Buffalo Bills, Cheryl Warren, Donna Casino, George & Diana Sogoian, Jo Weatherwax, Judy Fregoe, Keri VanNatten, Mike Kalogridis, NHL, NY Giants, Pat Patterson, Steve Swanberry

Monetary Donations

Bev & Allen Chestoski, Johanna Dooley, Golub Foundation, Adirondack Beverage, Terry Laibach, Kim Williams & Margaret Gillis, Christine Boswell, Dave Roberts & Rosanne Sundstrom, Stacey Caruso-Sharpe, Barb & George Cruden, Barb Allen, Schenectady County Sheriffs Benevolent Association, Gary Feinland, Dave Elliott, Emilie Hauser, William Wegman, Petroccione Law Firm, Raffi Moroukian, Dr. Rob Fox, Sue Butler, Bea Tsao, Jen Kruman, Joel & Teresa Langlois, Chris Mager, Happy Scherer, Barry & Marsha Sullivan, Emilio & Therase Petroccione, Jim & Carol Dominique, Pete & Teresa Hopke, Tom & Linda Miller, Tim Zakriski, Karen Quinn, Yves Nollet, Peter Hoffman, Jen Gumhalter

Player Goodies

Saratoga Tree Nursery, Freihofers, CDPHP

 Division Winners

Rec    Saratoga Storm

Rec+   Simsbury Mother Ducks

D        Southern Tier Storm

Runner Ups

Rec    Albany Angels Navy

Rec+  Messa Mustangs

D        Danbury Battle Axes