Annual Hockey Challenge has raised more than $6.4 million in 21 years for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska
KENT, February 26, 2019 — The Seattle Thunderbirds and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska (RMHC) are pleased to announce the 21st Annual Hockey Challenge, held Saturday, February 23, at accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, raised over $175,000 for RMHC.
The annual Hockey Challenge has now raised $6.4 million for RMHC in 21 years.
Hockey teams are formed by sponsors that raise money to play in the Challenge. All proceeds from the Challenge directly support operations of the Seattle and Anchorage Ronald McDonald Houses, which provide a home-away-from-home to support families while their children receive the critical medical care they need. Last year, RMHC provided 39,982 nights of housing to over 1,800 families at the Seattle and Anchorage Ronald McDonald Houses.
There were seven games played during the Challenge on Saturday. The first five games were played by teams from various divisions at Microsoft, LinkedIn, two women’s teams made up of local recreational league players and two teams put together by NHLtoSeattle. The T-Birds vs. Portland Winterhawks game followed the five Challenge games and the event was capped off by the local Celebrity and T-Birds Alumni All-Star Game featuring Team Konowalchuk vs. Team Goodall.
Hailey, the Hockey Challenge 2019 Kid Captain dropped the ceremonial first puck before the game against the Winterhawks.
“Every year, we are so inspired by the way the hockey community comes together to support the Ronald McDonald House,” said Vanessa Kirk Briley, Director of Special Events at RMHC. “We are so grateful to everyone who makes this event such a success: the Thunderbirds, the players, the sponsors, the attendees, and the volunteers. Because of the efforts of all these groups, families can count on having a comfortable and supportive environment during their treatment.”
“The Seattle hockey community is a wonderful group that knows how important our annual Hockey Challenge has become,” said Colin Campbell, T-Birds Vice-President. “Our fans were so excited to see Steve Konowalchuk and Glen Goodall play in the All-Star game this year.”
“We thank all the teams that took part for the money they raised for RMHC. We owe a special thank you to our awesome fans who, without their support, we would not be able to raise such a significant dollar amount. Thank you to our partners, volunteers and team and building staff for all their work to put on another successful Hockey Challenge.”