The 31 goals scored on the ice didn’t match the big goal reached off it at last night’s United Way Hockey Challenge. The second annual charity game between Conservative MPs and United Way All-Stars, organized by Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro, raised $101,200. It’s a record for the local United Way’s largest single-event fundraiser, eclipsing the $50,000 from last year’s game.
Del Mastro pledged to break the $100,000 barrier in December. The contribution raises the 2008 Greater Peterborough United Way campaign total to $2,270,910, United Way CEO Len Lifchus told the Memorial Centre crowd.
“I was confident outwardly, but inwardly driven to make sure I did (reach the goal),” said Del Mastro, whose team took it on the chin, 18- 13. “The goal was very aggressive, but the need is very large.”
With money still to come in, Lifchus said the $2.3-million mark is in sight, a total the organization wasn’t sure it could reach in a struggling economy.
“We knew Dean could do it, but I’m absolutely amazed,” said Lifchus. “He has such a terrific support base behind him it was like it was easy. I can’t begin to tell people what a difference this makes to the community. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel to get to where we were last year. That means programs will be saved and won’t have to be cut.”
Del Mastro said corporate sponsorship was the main reason for the success. Prospectus clients Rx&D and Scotiabank were major sponsors of the event. Bill Pristanski of Prospectus Associates is the coach of the Conservative Caucus hockey team.