Wildcats raise over $30,000 for Children's Miracle Network
January 21, 2014
By Ben Horner, Wichita Falls Wildcats
The Wichita Falls Wildcats raised $30,556 for Children’s Miracle Network and United Regional Health Care System through “Jersey Off Our Back” Night, held Saturday, Jan. 18, in what has become one of the organization’s signature events.
“We place a lot of importance on our efforts with Children’s Miracle Network,” said Wildcats part-owner Roy Davoult. “This event is all about the community of Wichita Falls, and the surrounding areas. We receive great support from the Wichita Falls community, and we hope to give this town something to be proud of.”
Wildcats players donned special-edition, CMN-themed jerseys when they hosted the Amarillo Bulls last weekend, and auctioned off the jerseys following Saturday’s contest. Many jerseys auctioned for over $1,000, with Moose Panick, a former goaltender with the Wichita Falls Rustlers, bringing in the most money as his jersey auctioned for $2,500.
“’Jersey Off Our Back Night’ is a fun night for all involved,” said Amber Gee, Children’s Miracle Network Specialist for United Regional Health Care System. “I cannot thank the Wildcats enough for their support of Children’s Miracle Network over the years. They are a great group of young men and it was a pleasure to get to work with the players, coaches and entire staff for this event.”
This year’s total represents an increase of almost $3,000 over the $27,989 raised last year. Since 2003, the Wildcats and their predecessors, the Wichita Falls Rustlers, have raised over $500,000 for Children’s Miracle Network, with all funds going directly to United Regional Health Care System.
Founded in 1983, Children’s Miracle Network has raised more than $4.7 billion for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. United Regional Health Care System has been a Children’s Miracle Network hospital since 1988. Through the work of Children’s Miracle Network, children in need of special care are able to receive life-saving treatment without having to endure long travel. Last year, almost 17,000 area children received treatment at United Regional Health Care System thanks to Children’s Miracle Network.