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Pink the Rink expands in second year

The Mitchell Activity Center ice will be turned pink today for the second annual Pink the Rink event. After last year's successful debut, the Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association has expanded to six games between Mitchell and Pierre. The peewe...

The Mitchell Activity Center ice will be turned pink today for the second annual Pink the Rink event.

After last year's successful debut, the Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association has expanded to six games between Mitchell and Pierre. The peewee C game starts at 10 a.m., followed by peewee A (noon), girls varsity (2 p.m.), bantams (4 p.m.), boys junior varsity (6 p.m.) and boys varsity as the headliner at 8 p.m.

"We raised a lot of money for just two games of hockey last year, so we decided to make it a whole day event and get more people through the doors," Pink the Rink event coordinator Jodi Reimnitz said. "We got people from Pierre coming down and they're more likely to stay and watch games at other levels if they're all from Pierre."

Along with the six games, the event also has more fundraising events. There are raffles, such as for a zamboni ride during intermission, bingo, jewelry sales, silent auctions and popcorn balls from the Corn Palace for sale. Modern Woodmen of America is matching all donations up to $2,500 for the second straight year, as well.

All of the money raised will be donated to the Avera Queen of Peace mobile mammography unit in order to help 19 South Dakota counties upgrade to 3D technology. This is the second of a three-year partnership with Avera.

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"Last year we just had two teams and it was just kind of a get started kind of thing," Reimnitz said. "This year, we have more stuff going on. ... We have more games, so more admission and money so we're hoping to exceed what we did last year."

While the MSHA is only partnered with Avera for one more year, that doesn't mean it'll be the end of Pink the Rink. Reimnitz doesn't know MSHA's future plans yet, though believes it will continue raising money for cancer patients in some way.

"I would like to continue with Pink the Rink (after next year) but it's not just my decision," she said. "I feel like it is something that has gained momentum and we'll do continue to do something of that sort to help cancer patients. But how we get there, I'm not sure yet."

Admission to the event is $6 for adults, $2 for students and Avera employees get in free with their employee badge.

"It is for a super great cause and we'd love anyone in the community to come," Reimnitz said. "We have a lot of great stuff here and it's going to be fun."

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