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It's that time of year for the annual benefit hockey game on 16 March 2019. This event started in March of 2004 and was supposed to be a one-time event. Here we are 16 years later still going strong! The beneficiary of the proceeds from this game went to the Essex Lions Club’s Veterans Memorial Park project at the five corners, Essex Junction. This event was able to raise the funds needed to complete the project and the Veterans Memorial Park was created as a permanent tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country. Later, the hockey games

proceeds went to “benefit the families of deployed soldiers who are serving overseas in the global war

on terrorism”. Now the proceeds are divided equally to benefit the VTNG Charitable Foundation

and the Vermont Police Association-two very worthwhile organizations that assist our “defenders”

(VTNG members) and “enforcers” (local and state police) in many different ways. We also put on this event for our families as a way to come together, cheer on the Green Mountain Boys and/or our first responders. We want our spectators to have fun, get a hug from CHAMP and enjoy the intermission games. The Green Mountain Chorus, Vermont’s oldest barbershop chorus, will sing the National Anthem and Gold Bless America this year. This group is a

crowd pleaser whenever they perform. In addition to CHAMP, we will have the Vermont State Police K-9 team as well as our traditional bag pipers. Games, silent auction items and concessions are also a part of the festivities. Again, this event is put on for our families, please come out and enjoy an evening of fun and good hockey. You may purchase

tickets online at for just $5.00 a ticket or purchase them at the door on game day. The doors open at 5:00pm and the puck drops at 6:00pm. See our flyer for more details. Hope to see you all there.

Very Respectfully,
Dave Leonard

Lieutenant Colonel, USA (Ret)

State Family Program Director

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