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Firefighters and police take to the ice Saturday, April 9, with a puck drop at 3:45 p.m. at Maysa Arena in Minot for the Guns ‘N’ Hoses benefit hockey game. This year’s game will raise money for the Lawson family to help with the medical bills of 9-year-old Grant Lawson, who has childhood Batten disease, a fatal genetic condition.
Grant is the son of Scott and Melissa Lawson.
The fundraising event will include a silent auction and a year-end party.
The event, now in its fourth year (it didn’t take place a year due to Covid-19), was Minot firefighter Mike Crisp’s idea of bringing together firefighters and police officers to play a hockey game for a good cause – to help someone in the local community. Crisp and Matt McLeod of the Minot Police Department have been running the event ever since.
Crisp said those involved in the hockey game itself are firefighters and police officers. “If we don’t have enough to complete the team, we will contact family members and then other members of the city,” he said.
A silent auction is part of the event.
We usually get corporate sponsorships and then we go out and buy stuff,” Crisp said.
He said donations are welcome and can be made on game day as early as 9 a.m. in the silent auction room set up in the Maysa Arena’s Pepsi rink.
The silent auction will end at the 10th minute of the third period of the match.
Crisp said they are working in conjunction with the Minotauros this year. The Minotauros Booster Club is sponsoring the tailgate party. “All 100% is donated to the family,” he said.
Grant and his family are expected to attend the game.
“Harris (Olafson), our recipient last year, will drop the puck,” Crisp said.
The benefit hockey game helped four people, including this year’s recipient.
“That’s what it’s all about, it’s helping someone,” Crisp said.
Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased at the door.