MARQUETTE — Excited onlookers packed Lakeview Arena for one of the hottest games of the year.
Cops and firefighters from all over Marquette County hit the ice tonight in the 34th annual Pigs N Heat charity hockey game. The game raises money for the Pigs N Heat Fire Relief Fund, which gives families displaced from their home after a fire occurs, money and a place to stay for a few nights.
Each family is given a base amount and an extra stipend for each child in the family. On average, 12-15 families receive help from the fund. Between the firefighters and cops playing and volunteering their time and the general community support, the event always goes smoothly.
“It’s a lot of work to put on the event, actually, so we do get a lot of volunteers who help us organize it and set it up. We get together all year round and try and stay on top of it,” said president of the charity, Brian Olson It’s a really good community event and we really appreciate all the community has done for us.”
In the last 34 years since the event’s inception, three hundred and seventy five thousand dollars has been raised.
Each game averages 12 to fourteen thousand dollars.
Entry was just a dollar but there were several fundraising opportunities between raffle tickets and a chuck-a-puck competition.
There were also over 100 prizes up for grabs.