BOSTON, MA - The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care are proud to announce that the First Annual “Neely SK8 Challenge” skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual raised over $130,000 for children battling cancer and their families. The Neely SK8 Challenge began the weekend of January 30 and continued throughout the month of February. The fundraiser was started to benefit The Cam Neely Foundation and Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children’s pediatric cancer center.
As part of the month-long skate-a-thon fans of all ages registered to skate at one or more of the 23 participating rinks across New England. The skaters created their very own personalized fundraising page for family and friends to pledge.
A number of prizes were awarded throughout the Neely SK8 Challenge. As the highest fundraiser, Jack Dolan, of Warren RI, won the grand prize after raising $33,063.11, He received four suite tickets to the Bruins/Lightning game on Thursday, March 25, where he will meet current Bruins Vice President Cam Neely, have the opportunity to high-five the Bruins team as they take the ice, serve as the Bruins bench assistant during warm-ups and receive autographed Bruins items.
The remaining top 3 skate-a-thon fundraisers will also attend Monday’s Bruins/Lightning game where they will sit in a private suite and enjoy a meet and greet with Neely. The winners include: Stephen Solimine of Westwood, MA who raised $7,005.00, Brandon Reichert of Carver, MA who raised 4,905.00 and Kenneth Roos of Plymouth, MA who raised $4,030.00.
In addition, the skaters that raised the most money at each of the participating rinks received an official Cam Neely autographed jersey and every skater raising $50.00 received and official Neely SK8 Challenge t-shirt.