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Oakland Ice Center to Host Fourth Annual Firefighters Charity Game Sunday, Nov. 13

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
OAKLAND, California – Members of the Oakland and San Francisco Fire Departments will face off on the ice this Sun., Nov. 13 to raise money for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF), a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury.


The game is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. on the NHL rink at the Oakland Ice Center Operated By Sharks Ice (OIC). San Jose Sharks mascot S.J. Sharkie will be on hand to greet spectators and cheer on the teams. A silent auction featuring autographed Sharks memorabilia will be held throughout the competition and afterwards, the players will join ticket holders for a fun family skate to round out the afternoon.

This event marks the fourth year that the Oakland Fire Department has participated in hockey games at the OIC to raise money for local charities. Last year’s game, against the Oakland Police Department, raised over $16,000 for the benefit of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program’s new sled hockey program for children and adults with physical disabilities.

“We have been proud to partner with the San Jose Sharks through the last several years to raise money for important local causes,” said Jim Halpin, an Oakland firefighter who has been a key organizer of these events. “As firefighters who see the devastating effects of fires on individuals and families, this year’s cause is especially meaningful for us.”

Those interested in purchasing tickets, donating to the AARBF, or pre-ordering t-shirts may do so online at oaklandice.com. Tickets and t-shirts will also be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event.

For more information about this event, please contact Melissa Fitzgerald, General Manager of the Oakland Ice Center Operated by Sharks Ice, at 510-268-9000 x104 or mfitzgerald@sharksice.com.

About the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury. AARBF brings together health care providers, firefighters, emergency workers, burn survivors and others to enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and to make burn injuries a thing of the past.

About Oakland Ice Center Operated By Sharks Ice
The Oakland Ice Center Operated By Sharks Ice is located at 519 18th Street, in the heart of Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood. Opened in 1995, the state of the art ice arena boasts two ice surfaces – one NHL regulation rink with 1500-person seating capacity, and one Olympic surface with seating for 500. The facility also offers a ballet studio, three party/meeting rooms, pro shop, snack bar and numerous other amenities. San Jose Arena Management dba Sharks Ice assumed management of the facility in October 2007 under contract with the City of Oakland.

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