Friday, February 21, 2014

"Rally4Rizzo" is Tonight to Benefit the Rink and Youth Hockey Programs

A version of this post was featured on Passyunk Post, which you can view here.

Rizzo Rink, the ice skating rink literally built beneath I-95 at Front Street and Washington Avenue in Pennsport, will be holding "Rally 4 Rizzo" tonight, February 21st from 730pm to 10pm. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance/$20 at the door and will feature a DJ, food and beverages, face paintings and raffle prizes. Proceeds will benefit the upkeep of the rink.

If the raffle prizes are any indication, this event is going to be top-shelf (yes, hockey pun intended) -- check out their Instagram account for a better look at some of the goodies up for grabs but this one is by far my favorite:

A hammer signed by Flyers All-timer, Dave "The Hammer" Schultz.

A regular hammer would have been incredible but this hammer has a picture of "The Hammer" in his prime. Isn't that mustache glorious?

While the website bills Rizzo Rink as the "Best Kept Secret in Philadelphia, George Kilcullen, Supervisor at Rizzo Rink, hopes the event can showcase the rink as an amenity to the area and to show "Rizzo is still here." He also wanted to clarify the "Rally" aspect saying, "Rizzo isn't going anywhere...we want to conitnue to keep it as big and as strong as ever."

Kilcullen pointed to the continued strength of the Youth Hockey Program at Rizzo Rink, which features three age groups: Mites (boy and girls ages 5-7), Juniors (ages 8-10), and Seniors (ages 11-14). The Mites program is seeing increased enrollment each year and reaffirms that the hockey program is stronger than ever. "We could take more as long as they register early," he said while noting they scraped together new and used equipment for those in the program in need of any gear.

The public skating schedule features one session on Wednesday from 330pm to 5pm and two sessions Friday through Sunday between the hours of 3pm and 8pm.

The "Rally 4 Rizzo" offers the opportunity to check out the rink and have some fun ice skating on a Friday night. "It's a night for the community to get together...everybody and anybody is invited," said Kilcullen.

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