Tuesday, 02.20.18 / 2:04 pm CT
Between t-shirt sales and a silent auction held on Hockey & Heels Night last Saturday, the Corpus Christi IceRays raised $3,500 for The Purple Door, formerly known as the Women’s Shelter of South Texas.
The auction took place on the concourse at the American Bank Center on Saturday night. From the moment the doors opened at 6 pm until the start of the third period, hundreds of IceRays fans stopped by Melissa Liskey’s table, who serves as the Development Coordinator for The Purple Door.
Items available included gift certificates to restaurants, guest passes to local businesses, gift baskets, a guitar, a vacation to Antigua and Barbuda, and many other miscellaneous gifts. The event marked the IceRays’ third annual Hockey & Heels Night, and the team has increasingly raised more money for the shelter each year.
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with the Corpus Christi IceRays for another successful Hockey and Heels fundraiser for The Purple Door,” said Frances Wilson, President and CEO of The Purple Door. “We’re not only raising funds for our agency, but we’re partnering with a great local organization and providing information about our services to thousands of people. Events like this help us move toward our vision of ending domestic violence and sexual assault in the Coastal Bend region.”
The Purple Door aims to empower the community and those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to transition to a safe and healthy environment. The agency provides services – including safe shelter, counseling, youth-focused services, legal advocacy, and batterer’s intervention – to survivors and their families. The focus of the organization is prevention with the ultimate goal of ending domestic violence and sexual assault in the Coastal Bend.
The IceRays would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who so graciously donated their items for the silent auction. This event would not have been nearly as successful without so much generous aid provided by the community.
This weekend the IceRays will return to the American Bank Center to host the Amarillo Bulls, who are fighting for their playoff lives. All weekend, the IceRays will be wearing specialty heart-themed jerseys in support of heart health and healthy living. They will be sold to the public at a live auction following Saturday night’s game at the bottom of Section 112. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. Puck drop is set for 7:05 pm CT on Friday and 7:45 pm CT on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast on HockeyTV.com and on YouTube.