The men’s hockey team has been collecting awards as philatelists collect stamps this year. But for one player, perhaps the most sentimental award came last night, when the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance thanked senior Sam Paolini for his fundraising efforts. Paolini, whose mother and grandmother both had battles with breast cancer, has raised almost $10,000 in pledges for IBCA through the Power Play for Prevention.
Prior to the beginning of the hockey season, Paolini called IBCA and spoke to its director, Christine Sanchirico with an idea to help raise money. Fundraising accounts for about 90 percent of IBCA’s budget.
“Sam came to us in the fall … with this wonderful idea to raise pledges with power play goals,” Sanchirico said. “I had no idea what a power play goal was.”
Paolini then solicited Tompkins Trust Company to help sponsor the program, which it did, to the tune of $100 per power play goal. Thirty-seven power play conversions and several other donations later, IBCA has been promised about $300 per goal.
Yesterday’s banquet was a forum to celebrate Paolini’s contribution to IBCA, as he was honored with a crystal statuette reading: “Power Play for Prevention, Sam Paolini, IBCA’s Hockey Hero!” Several donors, Alpha Omicron Pi, members of IBCA, and several of Paolini’s family members and teammates also attended the banquet.
“It blew my mind how much money we did raise,” Paolini said as he accepted the award. “I’m just glad we could do something for IBCA.
“The inspiration for this entire deal is my mom and grandma, and I really want to thank them.”
Power Play for Prevention has helped IBCA raise more money than in years past. In addition, Paolini has been nominated for the Hockey Humanitarian Award which will be announced on Friday, April 11, in Buffalo, N.Y.
Archived article by Amanda Angel