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North boys, girls hockey team up to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 29, 2016

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The boys and girls hockey teams from Grosse Pointe North recently had the opportunity to combine the best of both worlds — play a game they enjoy and raise money for a good cause.

On Feb. 13, the two teams played a game in which each squad was split into half boys and half girls, with all proceeds raised going to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

North girls coach Joe Lucchese estimated that approximately $2,600 was raised for the charity.

Lucchese credited North senior Elizabeth Gallagher, along with her sister, Lindsay, for spearheading the event and making it a success.

“It was great. Couldn’t be prouder of the Gallagher sisters, the team and the boys,” said Lucchese, who added that parents were also involved. “It was fun to watch and be involved in. The kids really did a fantastic job. They deserve all the credit. We’re all very fortunate in (the) Grosse Pointes. We have a lot. We should be doing things like this.”

Elizabeth Gallagher wanted the event to be something that both the boys and girls teams could participate in, with St. Jude being the charity of choice because it directly benefits children.

Although she was unsure of how things would go with it being the first year of the event, she was pleased with the end result.

“I was extremely happy,” Gallagher said. “It turned out awesome. There’s so many other kids that really wanted to do something good. Starting this game up is something to give them a reward. It was super fun. I hope everyone enjoyed it.”

While the proceeds were raised to benefit the patients at St. Jude, they aren’t the only ones who got something out of it.

“Anytime you can give back to anything, it makes you feel good,” Lucchese said. “There was nothing but smiles the whole time it was going on. There was nothing but smiles when it was over — laughing and goofing around. Everything was fun. And everything went to a great charity. Couldn’t be happier, prouder, more delighted for the whole thing.”

Gallagher would like for there to be even more smiles as the years go on.

“I’ve gotten many requests to try and organize it for next year too and make it a yearly thing,” she said. “I think it’s awesome if we stick with it and keep it going.”

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