Marlins' Pink the Rink breast cancer fundraiser survives delay due to blizzard

Mitchell's Mick Dailey (14) attempts to stick handle around an Oahe defender during a bantam hockey game on Sunday at Mitchell Activity Center. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

Mother Nature may have caused a delay, but the Mitchell Marlins managed to host the third annual Pink the Rink fundraiser on Sunday at Mitchell Activity Center.

The event, which raises money for Avera Foundation’s New Look Same You program for breast cancer patients around South Dakota, was originally scheduled for Saturday, but winter weather pushed the games to Sunday. The Marlins girls varsity game was canceled, but three other Mitchell teams squared off with Oahe, wearing pink socks and stick tape, while skating on ice dyed pink.

Although temperatures remained frigid, those around Mitchell were antsy for something to do after being relegated to their houses for two days due to the blizzard.

“We were very concerned, but it worked out well that we were able to reschedule for (Sunday),” Pink the Rink director Jodi Reimnitz said. “I think people just wanted to get out of their house.”

The Marlins were originally slated to travel to Sioux Center, Iowa for games on Sunday, both those games were also postponed, opening up the day to hold Pink the Rink.


Had the weather continued to be uncooperative, the fundraiser would have been pushed back to coincide with a future home game, but Reimnitz did not believe it would have received the same turnout.

“We would have had something,” Reimnitz said. “We had all these people that donated all these awesome prizes and money, so we would have done something, but it wouldn’t have been a crowded rink.”

The day included several raffle items, games and prizes. The Marlins will not determine how much money was raised until March as they wait for sponsors to cut final checks after some agreed to donate for items such each goal scored, but Reimnitz believed they were on pace to match last year’s sum of $8,000.

“We did some of our raffles and games differently, but the balloon raffle was really lucrative last year so we just kept with that,” Reimnitz said. “We tried to schedule more games, but with the weather, we lost a couple. We started letting the students in for free last year and we are seeing an uptick in who is at the games.”

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