The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles’ annual Irish Jersey night this past Saturday raised $15, 466 in support of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation. It’s the highest total raised in the history of the 13 year event which began in 2007.
On March 9th against the Charlottetown Islanders, the Screaming Eagles wore special green Irish themed jerseys that were donated by Burger King Welton Street, Cape Breton Beverages and S&M Trucking. Fans purchased five dollar raffle tickets for the chance to win one of the 23 jerseys, which were drawn for and presented by the players at game’s end.
Additionally, ten dollar raffle tickets were sold all weekend on a custom set of green goaltender equipment, donated by Bauer, that was worn by Screaming Eagles goaltender Kevin Mandolese during Saturday’s game. ” For me the Irish game is so special because a lot of people in my family were touched by cancer at a young age,” says Mandolese, who was participating in his third Irish Jersey game. “Since then I always wanted to help in any way I could for research to help people who suffer from this disease.”
One hundred percent of proceeds from the raffle stay in Cape Breton to support the Cancer Patient Care Fund to support patients in the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. This fund helps offset the financial difficulties related cancer by covering the cost of prescriptions, medical travel, income replacement and other financial hardships cancer patients deal with every day in Cape Breton.