Photo Courtesy: Brock Ormond

Everyone will be a winner at the Duncan McDonald Community Gardens on the night of February 23.

That’s the night the hometown Trenton Golden Hawks will be teaming up with the local Canadian Cancer Society and sporting pink jerseys against the arch-rival Wellington Dukes in support of an important cause: women’s cancer research.

The 5th annual Pink in the Rink event officially kicked off Monday morning with the reveal of the Golden Hawks’ pink jerseys, which fans will be able to bid on in a silent auction throughout the game. The proceeds will go to help many local women who have been affected by this disease in some way.

Over $38,000 has been raised since the event began in 2014.

Community Fundraising Specialist at the Hastings Prince Edward Canadian Cancer Society Lola McMurter says the support of a great partner like the Golden Hawks over the last five years has been very rewarding.

"We're really fortunate that the Trenton Golden Hawks continue to do this in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society...their support is tremendous, we couldn't do it without them," McMurter said.

The event hits particularly close to home for Golden Hawks Director of Hockey Operations John McDonald.

"At the end of April last year at the Royal Bank Cup, my wife was diagnosed with cancer and given eight weeks to live," McDonald explained.

"But fortunately, due to the people at Trenton Memorial (Hospital) and Belleville (General Hospital), especially Dr. Levesque, she's going strong and she's in remission. So, (the event) really is special and it just means we have to work a little harder (to improve awareness)."

Representatives from sponsors Huff Estates Winery and Williams Hotels were also present to help with the reveal.

Monday’s press conference also featured a brief speech from Belleville resident Margie Burness, a breast cancer survivor and guest speaker at the game on February 23.

Tickets for that game can be bought via the Golden Hawks website or at the Duncan McDonald Community Gardens box office.

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