By Andrew Stoddard, Special to the Henrico Citizen 06/21/11
Richmond Hockey Fights Cancer's players and members live by the creed: “We skate for those we love, for those we lost and for those who remind us daily why we fight," according to the organization's founder and president Lee Stryker.
That message was on full display when the RHFC held its seventh annual Hockey for Hope charity hockey game June 18.
The game, which took place at Skatenation Plus at the Short Pump Town Center, pitted the RHFC team against a team of Virginia All-Stars made up of members of the Henrico Firefighters, the Sperry Maine Hockey Club of Charlottesville and other local charity organizations.
While the game was the main attraction, it was not the only source of entertainment that RHFC had to offer the people in attendance.
Throughout the evening, a wide variety of items donated by the National Hockey League (NHL) were auctioned off by the RHFC, including a puck autographed by Mario Lemieux and a hockey stick autographed by members of the Buffalo Sabres.
All of the proceeds from the game will be donated to several cancer-related charities, most notably the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer, the American Cancer Society, and the Mario Lemieux Foundation.
“We always pride ourselves that we donate almost all of the money raised to people and groups in need of assistance,” Stryker said.
The game not only raised money for the fight against cancer, but also brought together hockey players, people who have been affected by cancer, or, in Bill Lipchak’s case, some who both love the game of hockey and have survived cancer.
“I think the biggest thing that Hockey for Hope allows me to do is [not only] participate in a sport that I have been involved in for over 22 years as a coach, parent and player, [but] it’s also a great opportunity to skate in a game with other players who share my feelings and sentiments [about fighting and getting rid of cancer]” said Lipchak, vice president of RHFC and an eight-year cancer survivor.
RHFC Team Captain and Board of Directors member Robert Rossi shared Lipchak’s and Stryker’s enthusiasm for the event.
“I gladly volunteered to help for the second annual Hockey for Hope and quickly became enamored with what [the RHFC] was doing, and I have been with them ever since,” Rossi said.
Tony Turner has operated a business on Lakeside Avenue for nearly 20 years, beginning with Huckleberries Home & Garden for 10 years in The Hub Shopping Center and followed by Feathernesters across the street in the Lakeside Town Center. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/06/2013
The program is an initiative of Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging for seniors who meet income eligibility requirements and have a situation that threatens their health. > Read more.
And so it was a thrill to find a modern version of a Kaffeehaus right here in Henrico County: The Daily Grind, near Short Pump Town Center. > Read more.
The Innsbrook After Hours RVA Cares event will feature five bands and a family festival in recognition of the many families devastated by the Oklahoma tornadoes on May 20, which killed 23 people, injured 377 others, and left destroyed and damaged homes affecting 33,000 residents. > Read more.
RVA Street Foodies, the organization behind the outdoor food truck courts at the Virginia Historical Society and Hardywood Brewery, debuted its new Henrico food truck court at All Saints Episcopal Church on River Road May 22. > Read more.
- More Henrico News
ClassifiedsDIRECTV for $29.99/mo for 24 months. Over 140 channels. FREE HD-DVR Upgrade! FREE NFL Sunday Ticket w/CHOICE Package! Call TODAY for details 888-710-8367