MIDDLEBURY - The Middlebury Otters and the Middlebury Mystix, two women's community ice hockey teams, will host the 12th annual "Face Off Against Breast Cancer" hockey tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 22 and 23 at the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury.
The tournament brings 12 women's hockey teams from all over Vermont, competing in games in competitive, recreational and novice divisions. There's even a "Friends and Family" division for men, kids, and co-ed groups. Ongoing hospitality and refreshments will be served in the Warming Hut.
Visiting teams include: Burlington Ice Breakers, Green Mountain Thunder, Vermont Vixen, Burlington Tsunamis, Waterbury Wicked, Rutland Cutting Edge, Burlington Black Ice, Barre 32 Degrees, and Burlington Code Blue.
The tournament weekend includes a fun-filled benefit concert and after-party on Saturday night, Jan. 22 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Local favorites, The Horse Traders, will play covers and original rock tunes at Two Brothers' Tavern on Main Street in downtown Middlebury.
The Horse Traders and Two Brothers' Tavern will donate the performance, all the proceeds from the cover charge that night, and 10 percent of all the sales at Two Brothers' upstairs restaurant and downstairs lounge to the Face Off Against Breast Cancer.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Cancer Patient Support Program's (CPSP) Emergency Fund, which provides short-term, emergency financial relief to local patients in need. This program addresses the hidden impacts that cancer can have on families: those who, because of cancer, have lost their jobs and may lose their car or home because they are in treatment; those who are too sick to work, or who have soaring medical expenses and limited co-pays; or those who have no insurance coverage at all.
The tournament was established in 1999, when a member of the Middlebury Otters was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her survivor story is now a success. The need for support continues, however: the American Cancer Society estimates that over 190,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 - nearly 500 in Vermont alone. Both the Otters and Mystix are proud to include breast cancer survivors on their rosters.
Last year's Face Off Against Breast Cancer tournament raised over $40,000, and the Otters and Mystix are hoping to break that record in 2011. Members of the team are requesting support in the form of individual player sponsorships online at www.faceoffagainstbreastcancer.org, as well as business sponsorships in the amount of $25.
Donations may be sent to the Cancer Patient Support Program (CPSP), c/o Face Off Against Breast Cancer/Cathy Chase, P.O Box 27, Middlebury, VT 05753; or contact the tournament co-chairs to support a player near you: Liza Sacheli Lloyd (firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-443-3169); or Cathy Chase (email@example.com or 802-382-9469).