Good cause!

Here's a shot from last year's Pink in the Rink. Steve Conner Photography.

Here's a shot from last year's Pink in the Rink. Steve Conner Photography.


Get in the pink
Pink in the rink, that is.

The Idaho Steelheads and St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) are joining forces to host the fundraiser, ‘Pink in the Rink’ on Wednesday, March 25th, Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th to help women get the testing they need to prevent breast cancer. We’re talking about women who can’t afford life-saving mammograms or other testing procedures.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Idaho women. Last year in Idaho, it was the second leading cause of death among women ages 35-54 and accounts for more than twice as many deaths as any other type of cancer. Overall, annual screening mammograms could prevent 15-30 percent of all deaths from breast cancer among Idaho women as early detection significantly increases survival rates. In the first two months of this year, the need for financial assistance in St. Luke’s Breast Care Services for mammograms was up 23 percent.

Here’s how you can get in on the fun — and help in big and little ways:

1. Go to one or all of the Pink in the Rink games.
Discounted game tickets can be purchased at St. Luke’s gift shops, along with one-of-a kind Pink in the Rink ball caps and t-shirts, with proceeds going to the cause.

2. Take your mad money to the games.
There will be silent auction tables lines with bidding sheets for your favorite player’s Pink in the Rink jersey. The Idaho Steelheads will wear one-of-a-kind pink jerseys for the three-game series and the Steelheads are playing the Ontario Reign, a new team this year. The front side of the jerseys depict a large pink breast cancer awareness ribbon that extends to the left arm and around the back and a smaller pink ribbon is on the right arm. The Steelheads primary logo is on the front center in shades of pink, black and silver with the secondary logo on each shoulder. The St. Luke’s crest is on the left chest.

Fans may bid on their favorite player’s jersey in increments of $100 and/or buy it outright for $2,000. The jerseys will be presented to the winning bidder by the player immediately following Saturday’s game. All of the dollars raised from the jersey auction will go to St. Luke’s.

3. Think and wear your pink.
Game tickets can be purchased at St. Luke’s gift shops, along with one-of-a kind Pink in the Rink ball caps and t-shirts, with proceeds going to the cause.

$133,000 has been raised over the past several years with similar jersey auctions, benefiting various causes at the hospital. In March of 2006, the Steelheads held the first Pink in the Rink event and raised a record (at that time) $21,791 for breast cancer care and treatment through St. Luke’s (MSTI).

You can go to the Web site for tickets, more details:

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