St. Cloud State men’s hockey and head coach Bob Motzko ’89 helped make this year’s Real Men Wear Pink fundraising campaign a success here in Central Minnesota.
A benefit jersey auction at SCSU and fundraising efforts by Motzko helped generate more than $18,000 for the American Cancer Society and the battle against breast cancer.
One of Central Minnesota’s “Real Men Wear Pink” ambassadors for 2017, Motzko’s efforts are expected to raise over $11,000 through donations to his fund drive web page and a community event that included a silent auction and an evening social hour in downtown St. Cloud, Minn.
On Oct. 14, St. Cloud State men’s hockey team played the University of Alaska at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center and came away with a 5-4 overtime victory. The Huskies wore specially designed pink jerseys for the game to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer and the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.
An in-game silent auction was held during the first two periods of the game. The winning bidders were then presented their jerseys by the Huskies in an after the game ceremony. The auction raised $7,046 for Real Men Wear Pink, which is a part of American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
“When we kicked off our Real Men Wear Pink campaign here in Central Minnesota this summer, I could never have expected how much the Central Minnesota Hockey community would unite together to support Bob Motzko,” said Kim Orn ’89, senior community engagement manager for American Cancer Society in St. Cloud.
“Bob (Motzko) is the highest fundraising individual for this campaign, now in its second year in Minnesota, raising over $18,000. He has made a huge impact not only here in Central Minnesota, but in the entire state.
“Bob’s ongoing determination, and contagious fundraising passion throughout this effort has never gone unnoticed. Thanks to Bob and the 13 other Real Men Wear Pink candidates, we are able to continue making a meaningful impact on a disease that touches us all.”
Motzko is in his 13th season as head coach of the men’s hockey team at St. Cloud State. He owns a 256-183-43 career record during his tenure with the Huskies. The nation’s second-ranked NCAA Division I men’s hockey team, St. Cloud State is 5-0-0.
The Huskies will return to home ice Nov. 3-4 with a pair of games against NCHC rival Minnesota Duluth. Game times are 7:37 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.