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Rangers Team Up With Ice Hockey In Harlem For Winter Sports Auction

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
The New York Rangers, on behalf of NYR SKATE, will team up with Ice Hockey In Harlem to co-host the annual Winter Sports Auction at The Official All-Star Café on Thursday, January 13. The event, which will honor former Rangers defenseman and IHIH honorary chairperson Jeff Beukeboom, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

A variety of exciting sports items will be auctioned off including: a Zamboni ride at Madison Square Garden, the chance to be a stickboy/girl at an upcoming Rangers game, the opportunity to sit in the radio booth during a live Rangers broadcast, a Wilt Chamberlain autographed basketball, a Walter Payton signed football, Muhammad Ali signed boxing trunks and a sundry of Wayne Gretzky signed items.

For more information, please contact the Rangers Public Relations office at (212) 465-6486 or IHIH at (212) 744-4328 or (212) 722-0044.

Members of the 1999-2000 New York Rangers and Rangers Alumni scheduled to appear include Theo Fleury, Petr Nedved, Manny Malhotra, Valeri Kamensky, Jason Doig, Mathieu Schneider, Tim Taylor, Kirk McLean and Mike Knuble; Rangers Alumni Jeff Beukeboom, Vic Hadfield, Pete Stemkowski and Gilles Villemeure; and youngsters from Ice Hockey In Harlem.

The Ice Hockey in Harlem Winter Sports Auction will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2000 beginning at 6:30 PM at The Official All-Star Café 1540 Broadway (45th Street).

Celebrating its 13th year, Ice Hockey in Harlem (IHIH), is a not-for-profit, privately supported after-school hockey and education program serving children in the Harlem community. IHIH's mission is to offer a hockey program along with educational and social services to children ages 4-17. The program strives to provide Harlem youth with the opportunity to learn the game of hockey along with guidance and counseling to the children and their families leading to better educational and eventual career opportunities. All IHIH programs and activities are available at no cost to Harlem youngsters. This winter, the program is serving over 250 inner-city youths.

NYR SKATE was established in January 1998, as a division of the Madison Square Garden Cheering for Children Foundation, designed to enrich the lives of children in the tri-state area. Through monies raised this season from fundraising programs including in-game silent auctions and raffles, GardenVision sweet spot messages, outer mall activities and special events including Draft Day '98 and '99 and SuperSkate '99 and 2000, the Rangers will provide financial assistance to a variety of children's charities.
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