32nd Annaul Pigs-N-Heat Hockey Game
On Wednesday, March 18th, 6:45pm at Lakeview Arena, Hockey fever is in the air and the big event is about to begin! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 18th N-Heat Charity hockey game. Tickets are still $1.00 and you will then be entered for a chance to win numerous prizes. As thousands of fans from Marquette County look on, firefighters and law enforcement officers face off against each other, hoping to win this year’s Pigs-N-Heat game.
Although the game is great fun for fans and players alike, there is a more serious side to this ice hockey game. The Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund provides three nights of lodging and a monetary donation to fire victims displaced from their homes due to a fire. Although police and fire department support has been great, it is the overwhelming community support and participation that make the Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund Hockey game so successful. Thank you!
Pig-N-Heat Charity Hockey Games
The Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund began in early 1984, when Marquette City Police Officer Larry Grimsby and Michigan State Trooper Dave Rotteman approached Marquette City Firefighter Dan Dagenais, hoping to find a way to raise money to assist a family with three young children whose home had just been lost to fire. Since Marquette is home to the Northern Michigan University Wildcats (NCAA Division I hockey team), and a large number of hockey fans, a benefit hockey game seemed a logical choice.
In 1984, the first game was played at NMU’s PEIF building. The event drew five hundred people and raised $1,700.00. Because of its great success, the game was moved to the Lakeview Arena.
Today, the Pigs -N- Heat game draws between 3,000 and 4,500 people, raising approximately $10,000-$14,000. The 2010 game had total ticket sales of over $17,500.00. Support for the program is shown by various Marquette County merchants who donate hundreds of items to be given away as door prizes.
Since its inception, the Pigs -N- Heat Fire Relief Fund has generated more than $336,000.00. More than $240,000.00 has been distributed to Marquette County families who suffered losses due to fire. The fund pays for three (3) nights of lodging in a motel and a check ($500 or more, depending on family size) to help the family start over.
Support for the Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund has grown over the years, now including participation representing fire departments from the cities of Marquette, Negaunee, and Ishpeming; as well as the townships of Marquette, Chocolay, Sands, Skandia/West Branch, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Richmond, Forsyth, Republic, Powell, Michigamme, Wells, Champion and Republic. Participation from local police departments includes: Marquette City, Marquette County Sheriff, Michigan State Police, Negaunee, Northern Michigan University Public Safety, Ishpeming and the Department of Corrections.
Although police and fire department support has been great, it is the overwhelming community support and participation that make the Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund Tournament so successful. The Pigs –N- Heat game is played each year in early to mid March.
For Ticket Information or Donation Opportunities, call:
Marquette City Police Department – (906) 228-0400
Marquette City Fire Department – (906) 228-0410