By Martin Foley
The inaugural Youth Hockey Jamboree Honoring First Responders was held on Sunday, November 4th, 2018, at MB Ice Arena. We were able to raise nearly $4600 for the 100 Club of Chicago and Lake County. These funds will be used to support the brave men and women who serve in public safety, police and fire departments throughout Cook and Lake Counties, who risk their lives on a daily basis so that we can be safe in our homes, workplaces and communities.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated and participated to honor our First Responder and Gold Star families from the Chicago Police and Fire Departments. It was an amazing day. We had over 90 skaters and 12 goalies from 23 teams compete for this very important cause.
Chicago Police Officer and Gold Star Family member Brenda Valadez expressed her gratitude and how much the event meant to her and her family. “What a great event honoring our First Responders, especially the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our city! Events like the jamboree really mean so much to my nephew, who was born three months after my brother was killed in the line of duty. It is important for him to know that his father’s sacrifice will never be forgotten and there are many generous people out there who support him and all the families left behind. It was a pleasure to see all the children on the ice having a great time. The words ‘Never Forget’ mean more than we can express.”
We would especially like to thank all the Gold Star families that attended the event, Emcee CPD Chaplain Father Daniel Brandt, and Jack Dennis for his singing of the National Anthem, The Chicago Fire Department Honor Guard, Chicago Police Department Canine Unit and Chicago Fire Department Pipes and Drums. Finally, this event could not have been held without the assistance of the Chicago Mission, MB Ice Arena and the Chicago Blackhawks.