Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey Update; Fundraiser on tap for April 8

Malden/East Boston Youth hockey is wrapping up their season with three teams entering the playoffs, and each going two rounds each.  With just the championships left to play, they all have found themselves coming up just a bit short, but not for lack of a great season and lots of effort and great play in the playoffs and final weeks.

MEB Mites celebrate their first round playoff victory

Additionally, we celebrated several of our older players competing in the state high school tournament in their respective divisions, and though only one enjoyed championship status heading into the off-season, all held their heads high in competing for their schools.  

We had seven players from MEB on the Revere/Malden varsity squad, six on the Northeast Knights varsity team, and in an unexpected climb for the team with the shortest bench in the playoffs seven players on the East Boston High varsity roster. They played with tremendous effort and heart all the way to the championship game, holding their heads high after an unfortunate loss in the final game.

Part of the team that returned the Super 8 championship title to the Malden Catholic Lancers, MEB alum Ryan Noonan caps the list of our players going into the post-season, with a great year on the varsity squad as a sophomore.

This week, MEB is holding its largest annual fundraiser – the $10K Raffle and Dinner at the Malden Moose club on Friday, April 8, 2016, starting at 7:00 PM. 

Each year, this event provides the league with funding greatly needed to finish off the season and prepare for next season.  With ice rental fees continually increasing, we have used this event to help pay-off rinks and other fees owed at the end of our season.

You are likely thinking, "another fundrasing event?" Yes it is, but it is a very entertaining one. 

The fundraising part is an “elimination raffle” drawing for $10,000*, whose tickets cost $100 each, and include dinner for two at the event. Second, the event part is really quite fun, especially if you like watching people enjoy themselves while witnessing each other’s chances of winning wash away as the evening wears on – a bit of schadenfreude among the youth hockey parents.

Third, it is a chance at winning a few thousand bucks! That of course depends on your luck and the choices of some “finalists” in the process. This is an opportunity to enter an elimination-style raffle, where the total number of tickets sold generates the dollar amount available for winning.

There are also additional chances for winning baskets from each of the teams in the league, other donated goods and services, and some silent auction materials (sports memorabilia) as well.  We'll have a DJ and dancing as the fun all are having at the event is too contagious to deny.

However it turns out in the end, all who attend have fun, and all who buy a ticket have a chance at the final prize. Four friends can  pitch in $25 each, and we see a lot of “group” tickets, which can work with your colleagues at work, friends in your circle, or among family members to spread the investment across a few more people. If you know of others who may be interested, please feel free to pass this information along.

Ticket forms are available on our website at http://www.mebhockey.com/Fundraising_Events.html
If you choose to participate – good luck!  If you attend, it really can be quite an entertaining evening.

* The total amount available for the winners is determined by the total number of tickets sold, and is a maximum of $10,000 (our goal).

To register for next season or for more information on Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey, please visit our website at http://www.mebhockey.com/Home.html