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HOMETOWN HEREOS NIGHT RAISED OVER $15,000

By Kelsey Helland, 01/16/15, 2:30PM CST

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The Fargo Force held the 2nd annual Hometown Heroes Night sponsored by Cross Insulation on January 10th, 2015. The night was a huge success and over $15,000 was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project through a jersey auction and donation box.

“This year’s Hometown Heroes Night was a great success,” Fargo Force Season Ticket Sales Manager Trevor Christiansen said. “It’s really wonderful to see the community come together to support such a great cause.”

Over 200 tickets were donated back to local military members through local donations and unused season tickets.

There was a special production before the game began including 1,000 mini American flags being handed out at the door. There were multiple branches represented with booths including North Dakota Army National Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Fargo Police and Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

A special tribute video was played featuring Captain Nicolette Daschendorf and the 231st Brigade Support Battalion, who had family members in the crowd. The unit is currently serving overseas.

Service members then carried out and held a giant flag that was on display at center ice during the national anthem.

For the ceremonial puck drop, the North Dakota Army National Guard rappelled down from the ceiling to deliver the puck. The rappel team was made up of Rappel Master in Charge - Sergeant First Class Dennis Manning, Staff Sergeant Zach Deitz, and Specialist Jason Manning.

A live jersey auction took place following the game and featured game-worn custom military jerseys with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

 “From the full pre-game production which included video clips from true heroes serving overseas to capping the event off by an outstanding jersey auction raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project,” Fargo Force President Jon Kram said. “The event was largely successful and surpassed all expectations.”