Lucky pucks

Money raised buys pow­dered, canned milk for the Glace Bay Food Bank

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­

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.

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