DETROIT — Henrik Zetterberg put in some extra work after Monday’s practice.
As part of a fundraising effort for the Zetterberg Foundation, Henrik and his wife Emma provided an opportunity to skate at Joe Louis Arena at their silent auction back in September and Jenny Fruehauf took it.
Along with Jenny’s husband, Ken, and their three children, Zetterberg returned to the ice following Monday’s team practice and skated with the Fruehauf family and a few of their close friends. The group talked with the Wings’ team captain, took pictures and picked teams for a full-ice scrimmage.
“This was one of the things we could do with the kids and that always makes it special,” Jenny said.
She attended the Zetterberg Foundation charity event two months ago, which was meant to raise money for the foundation and the causes it supports. One particular effort is their work in Ethiopia where Henrik and Emma adopted a village named Kemba.
In 2009, the Zetterberg’s partnered with ActionAid to establish an association with an Ethiopian village in need of support. Their first project was to build a primary school consisting of four classrooms and gives 225 children access to education. That project was completed in 2013 and now Stephen Huber, director of the Zetterberg Foundation, said they are setting their sights on establishing a secondary school in the village as well.
The charity event raised $175,000 that night with the help of the silent auction and tickets sales. The Fruehauf family donation, as well as many others, will help supports the foundation’s efforts in Ethiopia and in Michigan as well. The Zetterberg’s realize what an enormous impact their personal involvement has had on the individuals and communities they’ve helped over the years.
The foundation was established in 2013 in order to increase and expand their efforts in giving back to the city of Detroit as well as other charitable causes globally like Kemba. Locally, the Zetterberg’s use the foundation suite at Joe Louis Arena to host patients and their families from three children’s hospitals in the Metro Detroit area. The foundation suite has hosted more than 200 patients and families at Wings home games and also hosts other groups in conjunction with Military Appreciation Night and Breast Cancer Awareness Night.
“I think it’s awesome what they’re trying to do,” Fruehauf said. “They seem very passionate about it, Emma seems very passionate about it. It was an easy thing for us to do.”