CHASKA, Minn. — ShelterBox USA in partnership with Chaska High School Boys Hockey program, will host an all-day fundraiser for ShelterBox USA during its JV and Varsity games, “Skate with the Hawks” (a free skate for kids in the community to skate with Chaska High School boys’ hockey players) and Alumni Game on Dec. 21, 2013 at the Chaska Community Center Ice Arena.
The event will occur during the JV Game vs. Minneapolis Washburn at noon, the Varsity Game vs. Minneapolis Washburn at 2 p.m., the “Skate with the Hawks” with Chaska HS players at 4 p.m., and the Alumni game at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $7/adult and $5/children for the JV and Varsity games. “Skate with the Hawks” and alumni game are free admission.
The Superhero ShelterMan (or ShelterWoman) will also make an appearance on ice between games, inviting fans to contribute toward Philippine disaster relief.
International disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, is working in the Philippines following what meteorologists are calling the most powerful storm ever to make landfall.
The charity has provided humanitarian assistance following more than 200 disasters in over 90 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to typhoons, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and other disasters or conflict by delivering emergency shelter and other humanitarian supplies. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filter, among other tools for survival.
ABOUT CHASKA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS HOCKEY – Chaska High School (population 1225) is part of the Missota Conference. The Chaska HS Boys’ hockey program is under the direction of Dave Snuggerud. Coach Snuggerud is a former Minnesota Gopher, who played on the 1988 US Olympic team before playing in the NHL for four years. Currently, he is in charge of curriculum and instruction for the Breakaway Academy (a hockey school located at the Chaska Community Center). Snuggerud coached the Hawks for 10 years before resigning in 2007. He returned to the Hawks during the 2012-13 season and led them to their first winning record in a number of years finishing 13-11-3. Each year, the hockey team takes on a charity to help out the community. For the past several years, they have canvased the neighborhoods in Chaska to collect food for the local food shelf, Bountiful Basket. While they still plan on that service project, they decided to add the “ShelterBox” charity as well. The captains also decided to donate the profits from their nightly “Chuck-a-Puck” fundraiser to ShelterBox.
TYPHOON HAIYAN: With winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), which struck the Philippines on November 8 2013, is thought to be the largest storm ever recorded, surpassing Hurricane Camille in 1969. Thousands of people are feared dead and thousands have been left homeless.
ShelterBox currently has teams working in the country, responding to both the typhoon and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. The teams are focusing efforts in three of the badly affected regions, including Tacloban, Cebu and Bohol.
So far, ShelterBox has committed sufficient aid for 6,000 families in the Philippines. Over 2000 families affected by the typhoon have already been assisted. An additional 500 families affected by the October earthquake were also given specially-designed tents and other supplies.
ShelterBox has 24 Response Team members in the country, making this one of its largest deployments ever.
Supplies previously positioned at Clark Air Base on Luzon have all been deployed
Distributions are already taking place with more aid on its way. Additional aid positioned in neighboring countries are en route to impacted areas. ShelterBox is focused on assisting families who need help the most. Although the typhoon hit more than a month ago, ShelterBox Response Teams are still meeting people who tell us that we are the first organization that they have seen.
We expect to be in the Philippines continuing to deliver aid through at least April and will continue to monitor conditions.
For the latest information, visit www.shelterboxusa.org/typhoon
ShelterBox is closely monitoring the unfolding situation and is currently moving thousands of units of additional emergency shelter and other vital aid into the area
Donations: Tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made online at www.shelterboxusa.org; by mail to 8374 Market St. #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202; by texting SHELTER to 20222 to make a $10 donation; or by calling (941) 907-6036.
Donations can also be made via cash, check or credit card during the hockey games on December 21st.