By Ryan Otto, Pekin Dragons Head Coach
The Pekin Dragons High School Hockey Club is hosting our 5th Annual Blackout Game for charity game on Friday, January 25th where we raise money to help service organizations in our area. This year the Dragons chose the Carol House of Hope, a division of the Center for Prevention of Abuse, that focuses on assisting individuals fleeing violent, abusive, and/or controlling relationships or situations. Emergency shelters are located in both Tazewell and Peoria Counties. Individuals who stay in the shelters have access to the recreational rooms, temporary childcare, a fully stocked kitchen, and the protected outdoor perimeter. For the safety of staff and clients, they have high-definition cameras outside the buildings that extend into the parking lot and are monitored 24 hours a day.
The Dragons reach out to local businesses for monetary and raffle donations. We also sell t-shirts for $10 that act at the “ticket” to the game. All proceeds from business sponsorships and t-shirt sales are donated to the cause.
This year The Pekin Dragons will be playing the Peoria Suburban Northstars. We will have auction items at the event, including one of the special jerseys we wear for the game. Our goal is to raise $5,000 this year for the Carol House of Hope.
The Pekin Dragons High School Hockey Club prides itself on not only playing the game of hockey, but also building a sense of pride and character in our young athletes. All the information on the game and how to order shirts can be found on our website at http://www.pekinhshockey.org.