Decatur Youth Hockey Association Anxiously Awaits Outcome of Anonymous Donor Matching Gift Fundraising Campaign

Hockey fans gather for the Kraft Hockeyville USA contest at the Children's Museum of Illinois ~ Herald & Review, Lisa Morrison

You may remember that the Decatur Youth Hockey Association (DYHA) and their home rink, the Decatur Civic Center, were the center of attention this past Spring when they were awarded $75,000 as a finalist in Kraft’s Hockeyville contest.

What you may not know is that DYHA is poised to find out whether or not they will be the recipient of an additional $75,000 on Saturday, August 7, at the annual Decatur Celebration.

In June an anonymous donor from the Decatur area announced that he pledged to match up to $37,500. Once again DYHA President, Jason Habrock, found himself in the middle of a fundraising campaign stating, “The amount of support and publicity has been amazing.”

Kristi Niles, author of the original Hockeyville submission letter, and recently named Chicago Blackhawks Community Liaison, Jamal Mayers, will be Co-Grand Marshalls of the Decatur Celebration parade which is to be held this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. DYHA will also have a float in the parade following directly behind Niles and Mayers.

Following the parade Jamal Mayers will be signing autographs at the Decatur Civic Center as the Decatur hockey community awaits the news on whether their fundraising efforts will net them an additional $75,000. “The public is not yet aware of whether or not we met the goal,” says Habrock, “Assuming we were successful, between the Kraft Hockeyville contest and the matching gift fundraising drive, we will have been awarded $150,000 for facility improvements to support the growth of our hockey program.”

According to Habrock, the money received from the Kraft Hockeyville contest has been earmarked for locker room upgrades and adding a hallway that will allow much better access to anyone that uses those locker rooms. Habrock went on to say, “We are especially proud to upgrade the sound systems at the Decatur Civic Center; everyone who uses the Civic Center will enjoy that, not just the hockey association.”

Decatur was in the National spotlight during Kraft’s Hockeyville contest and DYHA has seen an increase in the number of youngsters interested in trying hockey. “We are planning to double the amount of ice offered for our beginners’ (Learn to Skate) program. We are also adding a girls’ 12U house program this year. I see this being a big year for Decatur in terms of program growth,” says Habrock.

AHAI will be in Decatur this Saturday to support DYHA and will tweet photos of the event and hopefully the good news of a successful fundraising campaign for the Decatur hockey community.

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