Marquette County Hockey Night raises $100,000 for United Way of Marquette County

MARQUETTE — More than $100,000 was raised at the Marquette County Hockey Night held Saturday evening at the Berry Events Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

The featured attraction was an exhibition hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings Alumni and Yoopers United, the latter a locally based team that included at least one current pro player along with a number of former high school, college and junior hockey players.

While the game ended in a 7-7 tie, the community was the big winner as funds go to the United Way of Marquette County’s Community Investment Fund. Money in the CIF goes directly back to communities in the county, including through UWMC’s annual grant funding, the group said in a Wednesday news release.

Last year, United Way grants allowed two dozen local nonprofit organizations to receive crucial funding for programs benefiting health, education and financial stability for all county residents. Those programs impact residents of all ages, including youth scholarship programs, senior meals and transportation, and medical assistance for those in need.

Marquette County Hockey Night was the first time the local United Way held this event to kick off its annual campaign. Major sponsorship was provided by Embers Credit Union, U.P. Health Systems, Veridea Group, Miller Pipeline and U.P. Health Plan, along with around a dozen other sponsors.

More than 200 volunteers and 3,500 spectators supported the event, which the UWMC said it was grateful for.


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