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Jets’ ‘pink’ weekend raises $2,500

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Gazette staff
November 1, 2011
— The “Paint the Rink Pink” weekend was a big winner at the Janesville Ice Arena.

The Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League teamed with Mercy Health Systems and local media sponsors—Bliss Communications, the Gazette and WCLO—to fight cancer. After the Friday and Saturday games against the Springfield Jr. Blues, the Jets held live auctions of the commemorative pink jerseys the Janesville players wore.


Proceeds from the jersey auction and the sale of pink ribbons at the rink raised $2,500 for the Mercy Foundation and Mercy Regional Cancer Center.


As part of the weekend, Mercy Health System provided cancer awareness information and handed out free pink thundersticks.


A pregame ceremony featured Jets founder, president and co-owner Bill McCoshen, along with Dr. Douglas Puffer, a medical oncologist with Mercy, and Dave Johnson, the former Gazette general manager and current Bliss Communications community consultant.


The Jets played the games in memory of John McPoland, a Jets supporter and Gazette sports writer, who lost his battle with cancer in 2009.



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