The Marquette Royales and U.P. Run For Life are preparing for their second annual Skate For Life this weekend Jan. 9-10 at Lakeview Arena. Last year’s event raised nearly $5,000 to help with organ donation.

“To an organ recipient, an event like this means the celebration of the amazing gift they have received and the overwhelming joy of getting their life back and honoring the donor,” said Amy Harju, one of the coordinators for the event. “This event also means supporting organ donation and understanding the need that is out there.”

The team will have a silent auction, bucket raffles and giveaways throughout the weekend. If you or your business would like to donate to the silent auction or raffle, donations will be accepted until puck drops on Friday.

Saturday’s game will include a donor ceremony where organ donors and recipients can be acknowledged. A memory board and table will be set up for people that have gone through organ donation can share their stories. Any donors and recipients are welcome to join in the ceremony.

After Saturday’s game, fans can skate with the Royales at Lakeview Arena.

Royales players will wear specialty jerseys for the series. The game worn jerseys will be up for bid, with bidding starting online before the games. Minimum bid on a jersey is $150. Five jerseys with no name will also be available for bid.

Fans with a NMU ticket stub from Friday night will receive student pricing ($5 per ticket).

This is the first of three charity series for the Royales. The Skate to End Alzheimer’s will be Feb. 6-7 and the NASCAR weekend will be Feb. 20-21.

The Royales will face off against their arch rivals, the Illiana Blackbirds during Skate For Life with an additional game on Sunday to complete the three-game series.

For more information, check the Facebook page for the event HERE or to register for the National Organ Donor Registry HERE.



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