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MARQUETTE- Tonight was the 36th annual charity hockey game between the Pigs and the Heat. It was a game with a purpose for local firefighters and police officers.
Over the course of 35 years, the Pigs-N-Heat charity hockey game has amassed more than $400,000 for local families displaced by house fires. And this game is estimated to have brought in close to $14,000. The funds raised in theses well-attended games are used for house fire victims who need assistance in regrouping from a house fire.
Jim Finkbeiner, Team Pigs says, “It’s a big, big deal to kind of make sure that people can take a breath after something as devastating as a fire. We just try to be that little stop-gap to help people get going.”
With nearly 3,000 people attending the game each year, the community provides the backbone to both the cause and the players.
Kevin Serkowski, Team Heat says, “The fact that the community shows up especially for us first responders is huge, it makes us all feel appreciated in a way, not that were looking for it. Its just a really good feeling when people show their support for the Pigs N Heat.”
“We have really good crowds here at Lakeview Arena that come out and support us. we have a lot of businesses and individuals that donate money and prizes for this game so, the community is a huge supporter of us,” says Finkbeiner.
The Pigs were victorious tonight beating the Heat: 7-4.