The Fargo Force hosted their third annual Hometown Heroes Night, courtesy of Cross Insulation on Saturday, January 23rd versus the Waterloo Black Hawks. The Force came out on top in a 3-1 victory in front of a second consecutive sold out crowd.
Hometown Heroes Night helped to raise just under $25,000 through the jersey auction, chuck-a-puck contest, sponsor donations and free will donations. Two game worn military printed helmets were also auctioned off following the jerseys. All other player helmets were purchased by a number of sponsors that graciously helped donate towards the event. After costs were covered, just over $17,000 was donated back to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Over 300 tickets were donated to local military members and families and there was a special production prior to the game. Multiple branches had booths around the concourse where they gave away promotional items, a special soldier shout-out video from overseas was played on the video boards, a giant flag displayed on the ice for the National Anthem and there was a special ceremonial puck drop by K-9 Ed of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremonial puck was brought down by the North Dakota Army National Guard’s rappel team, which rappelled from the ceiling directly onto the ice in front of the penalty box
“It was a fantastic night honoring our military,” said head coach Cary Eades. “From the big flag being unveiled for the anthem, to the repelling from the rafters, alongside our cool camouflage uniforms and helmets; all of these things and more made it very special and unique. We enjoy a lot of freedoms because of the sacrifices of our military personnel and their families and it was an honor to be involved with an event that benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s a nice way to say thanks and give back to them.”