The Gwinnett Gladiators fourth Annual "Pink in the Rink" charity fundraiser is this weekend, Friday, March 18, Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 as the Gladiators continue their annual “March To The Playoffs” with a three-game heated division-rivalry matchup against the Florida Everblades at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
"Pink in the Rink" is the Gladiators highest-profile annual fundraising effort, netting over $180,000 to benefit numerous local charities in North Georgia during the first three editions of the "Pink in the Rink" weekend. This season, the Gladiators have teamed up with "The Sport of Giving" and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life as the primary beneficaries of the three-game "Pink in the Rink" weekend. These and other organizations sold Gladiators fundraising tickets to help raise money for their cause, with the opportunity to receive a portion of the proceeds from various team-sponsored fundraising activities associated with “Pink In The Rink”.
This season, the players will wear special limited-edition "Margaritaville Gladiators" themed jerseys which will be auctioned off following Sunday’s game as part of the fundraising efforts of "Pink in the Rink". As the organization has done in previous seasons, all the proceeds from this live post-game specialty jersey auction of the “Margaritaville Gladiators” game-worn jerseys will be exclusively reserved for charitable donation. Over the first seven seasons, the Gladiators Annual Jersey auction has netted over $231,000 for area charities.
In what has become a local sensation and fan favorite, the Gladiators will also skate on a pink ice surface during the games over the weekend. It will be the fourth consecutive season that the Gladiators will skate on pink ice, and the fifth time in team history that the team has skated on colored ice during a home game. (The ice was dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 during the 2006-07 season).