Money raised buys powdered, canned milk for the Glace Bay Food Bank
A Dominion man says there are about 500 pucks but only one goal — ensuring children in the area have milk.
The fourth annual Mickey’s Original Six Puck Drop will be held Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Dominion and District Community Arena parking lot at 1 p.m.
“By buying a puck you’re helping some child to have milk for their cereal,” said Mickey McNeil, founder and co-ordinator of Mickey’s Original Six Hockey Tournament Society.
The fundraiser was first organized four years ago after Glace Bay Food Bank officials stated that children were putting water on their cereal because they didn’t have milk.
People taking part in the fundraiser purchase a ticket which coincides with a number on a puck. There’s a faceoff circle in the Dominion rink parking lot, and with the assistance of AW Leil Cranes and Equipment, the pucks are dropped onto the parking lot.
There are prizes of $300, $200 and $100 for pucks closest to the centre. There will also be a Seaside Communication’s logo in the circle and gift certificates for the three pucks closest to the centre.
This year there is an added bonus — a $1,000 orange lucky puck, sponsored by Gary Chant of Meco Construction.
McNeil said a number will be written on the orange puck which will correspond with one of the numbers on the pucks being dropped, just moments before the drum is hoisted for the drop.
“If the orange puck hits dead centre, the person with that puck number wins $1,000,” McNeil said. “The last two years two pucks have hit dead centre on that dot.”
The money raised will go toward the society’s milk drive in November. A container is also set up at the Dominion rink and people are asked to drop off powdered or canned milk.
The Mickey’s Original Six society matches the donation from the public and V.J. McGillivray Funeral Homes matches the society’s donation.
McNeil said last year the fundraising resulted in a $2,475 donation of milk to the food bank. In the two years prior overall, $3,000 was used to purchase powered milk and cream for the food bank.
Tickets are $3 each or two for $5. Tickets can be purchased at the Dominion Credit Union or by telephoning Mickey McNeil, 902849-4320.
Mickey McNeil of Dominion holds the lucky orange puck and sits on a drum which holds 500 hockey pucks in preparation for the Mickey’s Original Six fourth annual puck drop to be held Saturday, Aug. 1 at the Dominion rink.