Posted By: Camila Orti
Hundreds of kids and their families hit the ice to skate with the Stars hockey team and raise money for the Community Action Program.
Organizers say the event raised almost $1,000, plus a few Christmas gifts. All proceeds will help underprivileged families in Nebraska.
Stars Hockey has partnered with Community Action to put on this event for more than 15 years. Organizers say the idea is to give back to the community and help families get through the holidays.
For super fans like Mason Royal, getting to meet the team was nothing short of magical.
"It's always been my whole entire dream," Mason said.
Players like Luke Schiplo say interacting with fans is a reward in itself.
"They come support us when we're playing so it's cool to give back a little bit," Schiplo said.
The annual 'Skate with the Stars' drew more than 200 people to the Ice Box Sunday afternoon.
Organizers say ticket sales and skate rentals raised hundreds of dollars to help low–income families. People also had the option of bringing an unwrapped toy for a free skate rental.
"We're kind of killing two birds with one stone, people are really getting to meet their favorite players and interact with them but then we're also helping out the Community Action Program," Marketing manager for the Stars, Drew Rowoldt, said.