Wilhelm Supports Carmel Hockey Team
Light the Lamp against Cancer is a charity hockey tournament held in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Carmel Ice Skadium every year. The event is presented by the Circle City Foundation to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
The event began when Tom McCord, a hockey teammate and friend of Carmel Ice Skadium, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in 2013. According to Tom’s story from the Man of the Year Campaign, a competition in honor of children who are local blood cancer survivors, the event first began with public skating, live music, silent auctions, and raffles. One dollar from each participant’s admission went towards funding his campaign and ultimately LLS. Unfortunately, Tom missed winning Man of the Year by a few hundred dollars (each dollar raised during the ten week campaign counts as vote for the competition).
This inspired Carmel Ice Skadium and tournament director Wendy Esterline to continue the tournament and recruit more players to raise funds for the society.
The following year they added more teams to the tournament and a “Practice with the Pros” clinic, bringing National Hockey League alumni to teach a kid’s clinics to raise more money for the foundation. Through their expanded efforts more than $30,000 was raised to support Julie Fecht in her campaign for Woman of the Year. Their contribution helped Julie win Woman of the Year for the Indianapolis Chapter in 2014.
In May 2015, F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company sponsored a team to play in the Light the Lamp Against Cancer tournament. Alex White, a participant in the tournament, said “We signed up to compete and raise money to play [in the tournament]. Wilhelm Construction’s donation enabled us to donate more of our personal funds to the event, silent auction, etc.”
The tournament is composed of 20 teams that compete in three different divisions: B, C or D. Wilhelm’s sponsored team of 15 was a part of the “D” division and began its road to the championship on May 1st. They played in a series of three games but came up short to compete in the championship game. Although the team failed to “light the lamp,” a term used to say “score a goal” in hockey, they were happy to be able to contribute to the cause and help Mark “Barney” Barnhart win 2015 Man of the Year for the Indianapolis Chapter.
The amount raised this year has not yet been published. However, Esterline said the organization plans to continue Light the Lamp against Cancer in the future, adding new and exciting aspects to the event as time passes to help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
If you would like to get involved, you can find the event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/lightthelampIND?fref=ts