HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - You're invited to watch tough guys skate for tiny babies later this month. The Huntsville Havoc's 7th annual night to benefit the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund is Saturday, January 26.
The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at the VBC Propst Arena. Tickets range from $12 to $20. Buy them online or at the VBC box office the night of the game.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund at Huntsville Hospital Foundation to purchase a Giraffe Warmer. The event also includes a live auction of team equipment and special Melissa George Fund Havoc jerseys the players will wear during the game.
The first 500 fans who bring an item for the NICU (clothing, blankets, disposable cameras) receive a “Melissa George Night” toboggan.
Last year's "Melissa George Night" game raised more than $26,000 for Melissa’s fund. Over the past five years, the auctions have raised more than $256,500 allowing the Huntsville Hospital Foundation to provide cutting-edge equipment for the NICU.
The Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund is named in memory of the daughter of former Huntsville Channel Cats and Huntsville Tornado hockey player, Chris George, and his wife, Amy, former WHNT News 19 anchor. Melissa and her twin sister, Ann Catherine, were born 14 weeks early in 2005, both of them weighing less than two pounds. Melissa passed away shortly after birth, and Ann Catherine spent the first 68 days of her life in the NICU at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children.
In just seven years, the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund has raised more than $1.6 million for the NICU. Proceeds raised through Melissa’s fund are used to purchase lifesaving equipment and to provide support for families of premature infants. For more information, please visit www.huntsvillehospital.org/foundation/melissageorgefund.