This past Saturday UV Skinz was able to be help support (through donations) the First Annual Piggy Puck Classic Legends Hockey game. This Melanoma awareness fundraiser hosted by the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope took place on Saturday November 3, 2012. They had a perfect turnout with approximately 300 guests attending that nights benefit! Spectators from all over the Cape gathered at the “Hyannis Youth and community Center in Barnstable to watch the Boston Bruins’ Legends face-off against the Hyannis Fire Department and a few select Barnstable High School students and alumni. Legends included, Kenny Hodge, Bob Beers, Don Marcotte and Tim Sweeney.”
We were grateful to be able to provide educational materials, in the form of UV detector key chains, to be passed out freely to the attendees. The UV detector key chains are a fun easy way to monitor your daily UV exposure. When held out into the sun for ten seconds the middle of the key chain will turn color depending on the intensity of the sun’s rays. The darker the color the more intense the UV radiation.
Our UV protective clothing donations also brought a lot of excitement to the event! UV protective clothing is a worry free way to protect yourself against 98% of daily UV radiation. The UV protection is built into the fabric so there is no need to reapply and it won’t wash off. Clothing is the preferred choice of sun protection recommended by dermatologists.
Before the Piggy Puck Classic, the community and founder of the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope were very excited for this event!!
“We are so excited to be hosting a different event this year,” said Colleen Kohl, Founder of the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope. “Cape Cod Bruins fans will have the opportunity to watch some of the greatest hockey players of our time take on our own local heroes – all while raising awareness for a cause that is all too familiar within our community.”
“The Hyannis Fire Department is proud to get behind this community event and support such a remarkable local organization,” said Hyannis Fire Chief, Harold Brunelle. “We expect a phenomenal game. I hope the Legends are ready…. our guys are going to give them a run for their money.”
The Glenna Kohl Foundation for Hope is a non-profit organization based in Barnstable, MA, whose mission is to raise awareness and find a cure for melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer. The organization was founded to carry on Barnstable High School alumna, Glenna Kohl’s (“Piggy”), drive to save young men and women from this terrible disease. Glenna Kohl battled Melanoma from the age of 22 until the age of 26, when the disease took her life but not her spirit. You can read more about Glenna Kohl in this Cosmo Magazine article.
All funds collected from the Piggy Puck Classic Legends Hockey game fundraiser and other events benefit a melanoma research fund in Glenna’s name at the Massachusetts General hospital. The organization constructs and install shade canopies on lifeguard towers on Cape Cod beaches, install sunscreen dispensers and provide awareness material at Cape Cod beaches. They also offer support to other melanoma awareness organizations including scholarships and occasional financial support to community members experiencing this disease.