Join the Wilton High School’s girls’ and boys’ hockey teams at their games tonight as they continue to fundraise for ALS research in honor of a WHS hockey parent, Eric Craven, 47, who is living with ALS. His three children – David, Amanda and Elizabeth – play for Wilton’s hockey teams.
After a successful first fundraiser on Jan. 10, the teams’ second #IceALS event tonight, Feb. 18 will take place at SoNo Ice House and will feature the first ever back-to-back WHS girls’ and boys’ hockey games. The teams will also sport special team jerseys and mark a recognition event in between. The Hamden vs. Wilton girls’ varsity hockey game will begin at 7 p.m., followed by Norwalk vs. Wilton boys’ varsity hockey at 8:50 p.m..
Combined with the first #IceALS fundraiser the Wilton High School boys’ hockey team held in January, the Craven family hopes to surpass their $80,000 goal from both fundraisers. The first game raised a total of $45,700, with $15,700 received from online and day-of donations and an additional $30,000 that will be donated from corporate sponsors. All proceeds from the Jan. 10 and Feb. 18 games will benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research.
“The outpouring from the community has been amazing,” says Claire Craven, Eric’s wife. “We are so appreciative of everyone’s support and encouragement. Being a fairly introverted person, Eric has never felt so loved and cared for. The community’s generosity along with the kind words so many have whispered into our ears in the midst of hugs and encouragement will long be remembered.”
Additionally, Ryan Hughes, managing partner of SoNo Ice House says, “SoNo Ice House and Penalty Box Pub is honored to host the Ice ALS fundraiser. The Craven family has shown incredible passion for hockey, but most importantly, raising funds for awareness and funds to help find a cure for ALS. We look forward to combining all on Feb. 18.”
To learn more about the events and to donate, please visit als.net/craven, and follow on social media via hashtag, #IceALS.