MARQUETTE — One of Marquette County’s favorite annual fundraising events hit the ice Wednesday night.
The Pigs–N–Heat hockey game helps raise money for families who have been displaced from their homes by fire. Over the years, the game between local firefighters and police officers has raised nearly $375,000 for the worthy cause. This was the 33rd annual game, and after all these years, it’s still a huge–crowd pleaser.
“It’s just a good cause. When people lose their homes due to fire, they’ve lost everything and people want to help. Marquette is a really helpful, great community,” said Brian Olson, the President of the Pig–N–Heat organization.
“I just want to thank all the people in Marquette County that support this program. It’s a great one and I’d like to get fifty years out of it. I don’t know if it’ll go that far, but, we’re at 33! I never thought that we would get this far with it, but we did,” added Dan Dagenais, who helped get the event started all those years ago.
In addition to the game itself, local firefighters and police officers were given Officer of the Year awards along with other honors.
Tickets were only a dollar and also served as a raffle ticket for a $1000 cash prize. Fans could also buy merchandise and compete in a “chuck–a–puck” competition with a cash prize.