December 10, 2023
11000 Crooked Lake Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Skate with Santa and Support Veterans
Sunday, December 10, 2023
Come enjoy a day of fun with the family at the Coon Rapids Ice Center! "Skate with Santa" from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Then stay for our "Fighting for Freedom from Post-Traumatic Stress Charity Hockey Game" featuring retired NHL Legends, U.S. military hockey players and the Minnesota Blue OX Junior A hockey team! The event is intended to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress with our veterans and their family members.
During the event, we will be honoring a local WWII veteran Don Halverson (100 Years old!!). He will be dropping the "ceremonial first puck." Our keynote speaker will be U.S. military veteran Bill Hayes, who is also a 9/11 FDNY Ground Zero firefighter - who was a first responder on 9/11/2001 and spent 48 hours "on the pile" - with his family thinking he perished that day. Bill also played goalie for the FDNY hockey team and will have his 9/11 fire helmet along with his FDNY painted goalie mask on display!
We will have local Coon Rapids Youth Hockey players taking the ice during intermission, and several silent auction items including autographed jerseys signed by the retired NHL Legends, US military hockey players & the Minnesota Blue Ox who participate in the game!
The day will conclude with raffles, prizes and free gifts from Santa! All proceeds go to Operation Healing Heroes Foundation, a non-profit for veterans.
*This event is not sponsored by the City of Coon Rapids and has been submitted by a non-profit organization or community group.