I’ve worked with many worthwhile and impactful non-profits over the years. My support is usually through my cooking and my restaurants, but recently, I was able to combine another love of mine to raise funds and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska (RMHC).
I grew up in Minnesota playing ice hockey – it’s what you do there in the winter. It has followed me around and has trickled down to become a passion of my wife’s and my son’s, even giving me the opportunity to coach his ice hockey team.
I was recently invited to play goalie for the Celebrity All-Star Game at the 2017 Hockey Challenge, put on by the Seattle Thunderbirds to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. I’ve volunteered before and this year, I jumped at the chance to once again bring together my love of hockey and my desire to help others.
I joined other local celebrities, including Sportsradio KJR 950 AM Ian Furness and Matt “Slickhawk” Mikolas, Alex Akita from Seattle Sportsnet, Spike O’Neil from KZOK 102.5 FM, Steve Migs from KISW 99.9 FM, John Langeler from KING 5 TV, and T-bird alumni, capping off a day of fundraising with other ice hockey games, including the T-birds vs Winterhawks. All in all, we raised over $150,000 for children and their families, added to the $4.9 million that the Hockey Challenge has raised over the last 18 years.
Ice hockey has a huge, giving community of supporters. It is my way of staying fit, having fun, and now, fundraising, to boot!
See more on how RMHC directly impacts children (and the hockey community).