Bakersfield, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors, ECHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, recently wrapped up a busy stretch of collections and fundraising for local non-profit organizations. The St. Patrick’s Day Jersey Off Our Backs Auction, Fighting Cancer Hockey-Thon and Tip-A-Condor combined to bring in nearly $70,000 in cash for three organizations.
In addition, over 1,000 items were donated to the Olive Knolls Christian School in a school supply drive on March 16. The drive, which was sponsored by Wells Fargo, allowed fans to bring books or other needed items to the game to help the school recover from a recent fire, which ravaged much of their elementary and preschool wings.
On Saturday, Marcg 12, the Condors wore special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys for a Jersey Off Our Backs Raffle & Auction, sponsored by McDonald’s, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. After the game, the jerseys were auctioned off at center ice while being modeled by the players, bringing in $18,000. Erick Lizon‘s jersey fetched the highest amount, bringing in $1,650 by itself.
In its seventh year, Hockey-Thon provides local hockey enthusiasts a chance to take the ice for charity. Participants raise cash to participate in the around-the-clock hockey marathon, and there is also an auction of local goods and jerseys worn during the Hockey-Thon by former Condors players. All together, the event raised $39,000 this season, which was donated to Links for Life, a local breast cancer resource center. Over $273,000 has been raised in the event’s history.
Tip-A-Condor, held this past Monday at fishlips, brought in $12,591 for the Kern County Shrine Club, exceeding last season’s total by several thousand dollars. The popular annual event turns Condors players into waiters for the night, collecting tips from the fans. The tips, as well as live and silent auction items, combined to bring in the total. In its 11 year history, Tip-A-Condor has raised over $132,000.