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Skaters raise money for hockey equipment

April 01, 2001

Skaters raise money for hockey equipment



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail

About 70 members of the Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association took to the ice at the Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex Sunday to raise funds for equipment and other expenses.

The youths solicited outright donations or pledges and were able to reach their goal of $9,000 by staying on the ice for five hours, said hockey parent Susan Sandonato.

"It was very successful and fun," she said.

Since the fund-raiser went so well, they will likely do it again next year, she said.

Wearing their hockey jerseys, youths skated from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., taking short breaks for refreshments provided by the hockey association parents.

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The four-year-old youth hockey league has about 130 members.

The donations will be used to offset the costs of running the operation, ice time, training, and equipment, said Dan Sandonato, president of the hockey association.

Sandonato said his wife Susan came up with the idea for the fund-raiser after seeing it work elsewhere.

The hockey league's season ended in March but a spring season of pickup games are being offered for various age groups, he said.

Zachary Sandonato, 9, said he had a good time participating in the fund-raiser on Sunday afternoon. He and his sister Charlene, 11, each raised $110.

"I like being out on the ice," he said.

Being one just few female hockey players in the youth league doesn't bother Charlene Sandonato.

"I like to skate and (I like) the fast-pace of hockey," she said.

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