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SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Numbers aren't always a good way to measure success, but in the case of the effort to support injured hockey player Jack Jablonski and his family, they do provide an eye opening glimpse at how his story has touched people in Minnesota, and across the country.
On Tuesday the Minnesota Wild, FOX Sports North and Wells Fargo today announced that the fundraising effort linked to the sixth annual Hockey Day Minnesota (HDM) had collected a total of $134,045.13 for the Jack Jablonski Trust Fund. The money came largely from a telethon and online auction.
Jack is the Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury during a tournament game last month.
In a posting Sunday on the Caring Bridge site for Jack, his family expressed their gratitude. "We are overwhelmed by the response to yesterday's Hockey Day Minnesota. Thank you to each and every one of you who made a donation to the Jack Jablonski Fund and to those who donated time, talent and resources to help with the cause."
The online auction included Wild-related "experiences" such as lunch with General Manager Chuck Fletcher and Head Coach Mike Yeo, or a special night in the "Elite Seats" on the glass between the team benches. The top bids were for a Day at the Xcel Energy Center ($5,800) and a 16-person suite donated by Dany Heatley, including a visit with the high-scoring winger after the game ($4,550).
The day following Hockey Day Minnesota Jack's supporters raised an additional $50,035 by holding The Hockey Blast's Jack Jablonski Jr Bronze Hockey Tournament on Lake Minnetonka. All funds will go directly to the Jablonski family as the event was underwritten by RBC Wealth Management, Polaris Industries and Beacon Bank.
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