PHOTO: The Wild present a check to Special Olympics in Feb 2017 from the “Tip-A-Player” event at Riverside Pub. The club provides multiple fundraising activities throughout the year.
by Arch Ecker
The Wenatchee Wild organization is committed to giving back to the community, and they have been successful in that pursuit in numerous ways over the years. Players donate hundreds of man-hours between local schools, the senior center, and other causes and events. The franchise also offers fundraising opportunities that allow area organizations to harness the power of Wild Nation to financially benefit their charity.
The Wild are in the beginning of their tenth season, and have been involved in the community since the beginning. One way that community groups have been able to raise money is by selling Wild game tickets and getting a kickback on every ticket sold. Another method is the immensely popular “Chuck-A-Puck” promotion. At each Wild home game, fans have the opportunity to purchase bags of numbered foam rubber pucks and throw them at a target on the ice during intermission for a chance to win cash and prizes. Fundraising groups collected $16,630 last season from Chuck-A-Puck alone. The ever-present 50/50 drawing, a staple at many sporting events at all levels generated $20,213 for the groups who participated.
For certain special events during the course of a season, the Wild will wear unique, specially designed jerseys that are subsequently auctioned off with the profits going to a designated charity. Examples of such events include fan favorites like “Pink At The Rink”, “Military Appreciation Night”, and “Guns N Hoses”. The organization has also donated large sums of tickets to various groups over the years. All in all, it’s estimated the Wild have helped generate nearly $100,000 annually for community and area charities, and with the team in their tenth season, the cumulative number is approaching a cool million.
Some of the groups who benefitted from the fundraising provided by the Wild include Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Wellness Place, VFW, Wenatchee Amateur Hockey Association, SamStrong, Kiwanis, Guns and Hoses Foundation, and the Wenatchee Food Bank among others. Information and application forms are posted on the Wild website for parties interested in participating.
Group ticket packages and multi-game packs are on sale now at the Wild office by calling 509-888-7825. The organization also plans select fan bus trips this season and information is available on the team website.
The Wenatchee Wild are celebrating their tenth season in the Valley. Stay up to date with the team all year long on Facebook (facebook.com/wenatcheewildhockey), Twitter (@WenatcheeWild1), YouTube (Wen Wild), Snapchat (wwildhockey), Instagram (Wenatchee_wild), and on the team’s official website (wenatcheewildhockey.com). Listen to every game on KCSY – Sunny FM 93.9. Download our free “Wenatchee Wild” app for your iOS or Android device.