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Street hockey event in Brentwood Park to benefit families affected by cancer

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A street hockey tournament in Brentwood Park Saturday could attract more than a thousand people to raise money for families affected by cancer.

Planners of “Drop the Puck on Cancer” say they hope the tournament proves once again that Brentwood is a community where residents will bend over backwards to help friends, classmates and neighbors in need, said Councilman Martin Vickless. Vickless, along with several of his lifelong friends, planned the event.

“These are the people that I've been friends with my whole life,” Vickless said. “Everybody likes to think that their friends are really good people ... when you see your friends do something like this ... it's beyond anything that I expected.”

The second Drop the Puck on Cancer street hockey tournament will begin at 8 a.m. and will last all day. Highlights include food from Rowdy BBQ, refreshments and children's activities outside, and a Spaghetti Warehouse-catered dinner at 5 p.m., 50/50 raffle, auction of hockey items and basket raffle inside the Civic Center.

“Pretty much, it's going to be very, very similar to last year,” Vickless said. “We're just hoping to get a nice day.”

This year's tournament is double elimination and is limited to 16 teams, Vickless said.

Those planning the event also hosted a bracket party Friday at Gorman's Pub on Route 51 to draw team names and game times, Vickless said.

More than 1,000 people attended last year's event, which raised more than $53,000 for the Duttine-Cavataio Fund to benefit the families of Julie Duttine and Tom Cavataio, who lost their battles with cancer more than a year ago, Vickless said.

Organizers figured something would be done to help their families but were overwhelmed with the response.

“It kind of snowballed from there,” Vickless said.

This year's event will raise money for the families of Duttine, Cavataio, Sara Frey, Desa Winovich, Kevin Kenny and Christy Angelo, who all battled with or continue to battle cancer.

“It's a shame that we have four more people to help out,” Vickless said.

Drop the Puck for Cancer is in the process of becoming a nonprofit organization, Vickless said.

The hope is that the money will go toward educational funds for the children, medical or household bills, or as donations to other charities, but the event planners didn't stipulate how it should be used.

“Our goal is to just help out the families,” Vickless said.

For more information about Drop the Puck on Cancer, go to http://drop thepuckoncancer.com.

Laura Van Wert is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5814 or at lvanwert@tribweb.com.

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