By Scott Linesburgh
The Stockton Record
STOCKTON, Calif. – Stockton Arena once again will be bathed in a pink glow Friday in the name of a good cause.
The local hockey team will host “Thunder Goes Pink II” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stockton Arena in support of breast cancer awareness. As it did last season, the Thunder has painted the ice pink for the fundraiser and will wear special commemorative jerseys when it plays host to the Idaho Steelheads.
Last year’s inaugural event raised $37,000 for charity and drew 15,145 fans for the two games. This season, the Thunder has lined up more sponsors and several giveaways, including caps, shirts, cheer cards and other items.
“It really is an important event,” Thunder president Dan Chapman said. “We’re very pleased with how it went last year, and we’ve received a tremendous amount of support coming into this weekend.”
Chapman said ticket sales have been brisk. The team will donate $1 from each ticket sold to the St. Joseph’s Foundation-Breast Cancer Services and the Stockton field office of the American Cancer Society. The team also will auction off the player jerseys which have a pink lightning bolt across the sleeve.
Sandy Stoddard of the Stockton office of the American Cancer Society said she felt the weekend raises the profile of the disease.
“I certainly think the event has created awareness about early detection, which is the key to saving lives,” Stoddard said. “When I first heard about the idea, I thought it was so different and unique, it would make an impact on the community.”