Many made 'Paint the Rink Pink' successful

It is truly inspiring when people come together for a cause as noble as improving the health of the world.

That was the case of the community’s support of the Austin Bruins’ "Paint the Rink Pink" hockey fundraiser for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research. A sellout crowd, more than 40 businesses donating silent auction items, speakers bravely speaking of their breast cancer experience before an arena full of people and attendees generously purchasing items made for a wonderful and successful event, raising over $22,000 for breast cancer research.

To gain this support through such a fun event — pink ice, pink jerseys and an auction for the hot pink jerseys wonderfully led by Dave Thompson — made for an evening we will all long remember.  

The support of our breast cancer research coming from the Austin Bruins, a new organization, reflects the quality and intent of this organization. We ask that you, too, continue to support the Bruins as their goal is to make a growing positive impact on Austin and surrounding communities.

Our gratitude to team owner Craig Patrick who generously agreed to make "Paint the Rink Pink" an annual benefit for The Hormel Institute and to his outstanding staff, coaches and team for their hard work.


We also thank the participants who contributed to the night’s program — the hockey moms and grandmother for the puck drop, the singing group Second Edition, who lost a fellow performer to breast cancer, the Sumner Elementary School group who purchased the Bear Den, our volunteers and the local media for covering the "Paint the Rink Pink" stories so well.

This communitywide generosity is a wonderful reflection of people who understand the importance of research, believing with us that "today’s research leads to tomorrow’s cures."

Thank you, Austin Bruins, and thank you, friends from the community, as every donation to The Hormel Institute is appreciated and important – your support paves the way for faster progress to continue.

Zigang Dong

Executive director

Hormel Institute

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