Category Archives: The Tournament

Underwriting Opportunities

The items listed below are expenses incurred to make the Give Blood Play Hockey tournament a success. Each year we must pay tournament expenses out of team registration fees. Every year, our goal is to give as much as possible to the cause, and with your help we hope to get expenses underwritten so we can donate that much more to our co-benefactors, CHOC Children’s and Tgen. The more we give the better chance we have to help save lives. Won’t you please join us in our fight?]

You can donate an entire amount or a portion of any item:

  • Rink Rental: $18,000.00
  • Officials $ 5,750.00
  • Scorekeepers $ 1,500.00
  • Sponsor Awards/Tournament Banners $ 1,175.00
  • Sound System $ 1,000.00
  • Championship Medals $ 1,500.00
  • Presentation Stage $     550.00

If you or your company is interested in underwriting any item, please contact us at gbph4choc@gmail.com or Julie Ruff at 714-318-7788.

All donors will be listed on our Give Blood Play Hockey website and your gift is tax deductible.

Give Blood. Play Hockey. Fight Cancer.

 

In-Kind Donor/Sponsor Invitation

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On behalf of the Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Hockey Charity Tournament organizers, I would like to invite you to be an in-kind donor and/or sponsor for our 11th annual tournament and fundraising event in Irvine, California. This year we have raised the bar again. We will be hosting 100+ teams in the tournament. The Anaheim Ducks will be promoting the event in radio and television interviews. Players will be there (pending playing schedule), as will Wild Wing, the Power Players and the Street Team. There will be lots of fun things going on, but most importantly we will surpass the 3,000-pint mark in our blood drive, and we hope to reach the $875,000 level in total donations to CHOC and also make an impactful donation to our new joint benefactor Tgen. It is an exciting time! By contributing an in-kind donation of gift certificates or merchandise it would be greatly appreciated and used as part of our raffle/silent auction. Being an in-kind donor is a wonderful opportunity to reach the public while contributing to the fight against pediatric cancer. Our committee and the Give Blood Play Hockey organizers greatly appreciate your efforts to make a difference in our community but even more importantly a difference in a child’s fight to survive this horrible disease.

The 11th annual Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Hockey Tournament is right around the corner, October 19-22, 2017 at The Rink Irvine Inline – and it’s time to begin making this year’s event even bigger than before. In Irvine, hundreds of supporters will be giving blood and raising money in 2017 for CHOC and Tgen.   We welcome you to become an in-kind sponsor for our event.

If you would like to be more involved with our event, we also invite your participation in one the following sponsorship opportunities: Title Sponsor $25,000; Diamond Sponsor $10,000; Platinum Sponsor $2,500; Gold Sponsor $1,000; Silver Sponsor $500; and Bronze Sponsor $250. As a Sponsor you will receive the following benefits (additional benefits for Silver Sponsors and above):

  • Your Company fliers, business cards, coupons or give a ways displayed at our event
  • Announcements for your Company during our event and at our on-going event meetings
  • Your Company Name and Logo displayed on our website and tournament banners

Your association with this charitable event and tournament will enhance your image as a caring member of our community. 501(c)(3) TGEN Foundation, Tax ID# 33-1092191/ [501(c)(3) CHOC Foundation for Children, Tax ID# 95-6097416

Our goal is to collect all donations no later than October 1, 2017

Thank you for your time and consideration.   If you have any questions, please give me a call at 714-318-7788 or email me at gbph4choc@gmail.com

Kindest Regards,

Julie Ruff

Executive Director

Please complete the information below, and call me for a pick up or mail along with your in-kind donations to:

Julie Ruff

Give Blood Play Hockey

PO Box 18170

Irvine, CA 92623

714-318-7788

GBPH Raffle Committee

www.GIVEBLOODPLAYHOCKEY.org

General : 2017 In-Kind Donation Form

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Give Blood Play Hockey Sponsor online quick and easy here:

Please show your support for Give Blood Play Hockey while sharing your message with hundreds of hockey players, their families and community members in attendance, and via our promotional programs.

Sponsor, Exhibit, or Contribute: No Donation is Too Big or Too Small to Help!! 

  • Title Sponsor $10,000.00
    Top Billing on our Website and Tournament Banner which is displayed at the event, website for a year and all social media outlets including acknowledgement in all media articles and interviews, 2 reserved parking spaces at the event, a free team entry for the event, special Title Sponsor award at the awards recognition ceremony on Saturday of the tournament, a Give Blood Play Hockey apparel basket, and a 10’ x 10’ Exhibit Space.
  • Diamond Sponsor $5,000.00
    ature space on our Website and Tournament Banner, website for a year and all social media outlets, 1 reserved parking space at the event, a free team entry for the event, Diamond Sponsor Puck Award at the awards recognition ceremony, 2 tournament t-shirts, and a 10’ x 10’ Exhibit Space.
  • Platinum Sponsor $2,500.00                                                         
    Inclusion in our website and promotional materials, Company logo on Tournament Banner, a free team entry for the event, special award at the recognition ceremony, 2 tournament t-shirts, and a 10’ x 10’ Exhibit Space.
  • Gold Sponsor   $1,000.00
    Inclusion in our website and promotional materials, Company logo on Tournament Banner, a free team entry for the event, special award at the recognition ceremony, and an 8’ x 8’ Exhibit Space.
  • Silver Sponsor  $500.00
    Inclusion in our website and promotional materials, Company logo on Tournament Banner, special award at the recognition ceremony and an 8’ x 8’ Exhibit Space.
  • Bronze Sponsor $250.00
    Inclusion in our website, Company logo on Tournament Banner, and an 8’ x 8’ Exhibit Space. 

Exhibitor Spaces are Friday-Sunday and don’t include electricity or furnishings of any kind (access to electricity available upon request). All exhibits must be staffed for the duration of the event.

Vendors are subject to licensing requirements by the City of Irvine – Please contact Eddie Limbaga at 949-559-9949 for Special Event questions.

You can download this information as a PDF.

Cake & Skate Graphic

Basket Donations

This year we would like to encourage each team to donate one wrapped basket or gift card valued at $50 or more to the raffle and silent auction.  In return you will receive 5-$1 and 1-$5 raffle tickets which gives you even more chances to win items valued up to $500!

It would be extremely helpful if you would include with your basket the following:

You’re Team Name

Basket Name

Attach a list of items contained on a 3×5 index card

Retail Value $$

Please email Traci Strale, tstrale@gmail.com, if you plan on participating or have any questions.

Download the 2014 Cake & Skate Walk / Basket Donation Flier

About Casey Strale

Our Fight, Our Cause, Our Mission! 

We fight on in the battle against cancer because the war is not yet won.

 

Who is Casey Strale? Casey

Casey’s story is one of miracles, survival, faith, modern medicine and simply believing.  Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma (ACC) affects only one or two people out of 1.7 million people and it is often difficult to collect enough adrenal tumors to analyze, which is why genomic research at CHOC is essential. With your support we can find new treatments for this devastating and rare form of adrenal cancer.  CHOC Children’s Hospital (CHOC) has made a commitment to both basic science and clinical research in an ongoing effort to unravel the complex underpinnings of diseases that affect children. This commitment keeps CHOC at the leading edge of technology, meaning children seen at CHOC benefit from the latest in scientific thinking with access to the most up-to-date treatment options. Research laboratories at CHOC support a variety of basic science, translational, and clinical research studies.  We are prepared to fight this disease and will never stop! Please let us tell you why.

On September 22nd 2009, an ultrasound indicated a mass on Casey’s left kidney. By evening Casey was admitted to CHOC’s Children’s Hospital (CHOC) for tests. This was the day that “normal” took on a very different meaning.  While he rested in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit his condition quickly became critical. His only hope of survival (given by his doctors) was to place Casey on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO), a heart and lung bypass machine that breathes for the patient. We were told that Casey would not likely survive the procedure. Casey survived!

He also survived the following open heart surgery (while still attached to ECMO) that removed the tumor pieces inside his chest. Only then did the doctors discover the enemy. Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma (ACC),* an extremely rare cancer that has little history of striking children of Casey’s age.  CHOC had never before treated anyone with this type of cancer. Casey was given a 10-15% chance of survival.  We later learned that no other pediatric cancer patient at CHOC had been removed from the machine and survived; this brought us to our knees. Casey’s case was groundbreaking.  He survived!  The grapefruit-sized tumor was then removed from Casey’s abdomen. A procedure that doctors warned us again, could be fatal; I simply asked them “have you met my son”? He survived!

During the following months Casey endured physical, respiratory and occupational therapy to help him regain his ability to breathe on his own, swallow, talk and walk. The chemotherapy treatments continued during the ensuing months. His body withered, but his spirits remained strong.  All he asked was “will I be able to play hockey again” I replied “Yes honey, just not today”.  During this time we met the Quayle family and Julie Ruff who embraced us with open arms.  Casey soon became the ambassador and face of Give Blood Play Hockey.

Ultimately chemotherapy was over and Casey got back on the rink.  All he asked was to be a normal kid, the kid without cancer.  From 2010 to 2012 Casey and his buddies played in this amazing tournament and enjoyed every minute!  In fact, Casey walked away with every skills competition prize his first year of participation.

Months became years, years of clinical trials and multiple surgeries.  Most of the time Casey felt very good and continued to skate for both roller and ice clubs at The Rinks Irvine Inline and Anaheim Ice as a Jr. Duck.  He was voted Asst. Captain by his team and received player of the month in February 2013.

Finally we ran out of options, the cancer was spreading faster than we could find options and ultimately Casey lost his battle on June 24th, 2013 with family and friends at his side.

When we were first introduced to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) by sixteen-year ACC survivor and TGen Foundation board member, Troy Richards, there were no promising options for treatment – even experimental ones. With help from Mike Bassoff, TGen’s Foundation President, we established a foundation in Casey’s honor and memory that would raise funds for much needed pediatric ACC research and treatment.

Over Casey’s four-year battle, all we could do was try clinical trials at CHOC that were approved for other cancers in the hopes that something would work. The only other option was to surgically remove recurring masses, the majority of which were performed at CHOC. After multiple surgeries the cancer traveled to his spine and lungs, ultimately taking his life. Although it’s too late for Casey, our hopes, dreams and prayers are to find a better and less invasive treatment for this monster of a disease.

ACC affects one-two per million annually, making it difficult to collect enough tumor samples to analyze for prospective therapies. TGen is a world leader in translational genomic and proteomic cancer research – the study of genetic and protein drivers of disease. Without TGen’s specialized team of scientists and clinical partners discovering new treatments through translational science and clinical trials, there would be no hope for kids and adults taken victims like Casey.

The 11th annual Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Hockey Tournament is right around the corner, October 19-22, 2017 at The Rink’s Irvine. Hundreds of supporters will be giving blood and raising money in 2017 for the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the CHOC Foundation for Children. You can read all about the tournament at www.givebloodplayhockey.org  and LIKE us on Facebook.

*Definition of Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma: A rare cancer that forms in the outer layer of tissue of the adrenal gland (a small organ on top of each kidney that makes steroid hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenalin to control heart rate, blood pressure, and other body functions). Also called Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma a cancer of the adrenal cortex. Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma is a rare tumor, with incidence of 1-2 per million population annually.Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma has a bimodal distribution by age, with cases clustering in children under 6, and in adults 30–40 years old. Adrenocortical carcinoma has often invaded nearby tissues or metastasized to distant organs at the time of diagnosis, and the overall 5-year survival rate is only 20-35%.

Learn About The Casey Strale Foundation Benefiting Tgen!

Strale Family In Kind Donation Letter

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Who Do You Play For?

Coach Herb Brook: “Who Do You Play For?”
Head Coach 1980 USA Olympic Golf Medal Hockey Team

Mary Alice Quayle: “I Play For My Grandfather Peter Oliver Clauss”
Founder of Give Blood Play Hockey

The movie Miracle took to theaters in 2004 and captured the hearts of the American public. The movie took the audience through a rendition of the miracle on ice, when the United States Olympic Hockey Team beat the unimaginable power Russian team in the 1980 Olympics. Through out the movie Coach Herb Brooks asked his American hockey players, “Who do you play for”, leading to the climatic moment when the team realized they the no longer were representing just their home team but something bigger, they represented the United States of America.

This year, for Give Blood Play Hockey 2012, we ask you “Who Do You Play For?” Although the quick answer may be that you play for your club team, or high school, or with a bunch of old friends we want you to play for more than that. In one-way or another cancer has affected everyone. In the United States there are 1,638,910 estimated new cases of cancer in 2012. At Give Blood Play Hockey 2012, we want to know “Who You Play For?” whether it is an aunt, a grandfather, a neighbor, and or a friend we want you to play for them. We would love to hear your stories, your tributes, and have your cancer fighter or the memory of a loved one shine at this year’s event.

My name is Mary Quayle and I Give Blood and I Play Hockey. I play for my grandfather Peter Clauss, Our hero Casey Strale, and for all those who can’t.

For The Kids.
For The Fight.
For an End to Cancer.
Give Blood Play Hockey,

Mary Quayle

Casey With Saku Koviu

Lifting Spirits for Casey

Lifting spirits for Casey – The Orange County Register

By JEFF MILLER

By JEFF MILLER
STAFF COLUMNIST
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

 

“I never dreamed this could grow into what it has grown into now,” Mary said. “By the end on Sunday, my cheeks hurt I was smiling so much. It was an amazing event.”

This year, they sold hats and T-shirts decorated with a wheeled logo and the words “Casey’s Wings,” the Detroit Red Wings being Casey’s favorite team. They cut hair for Locks of Love. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery showed up one day, sold nearly $1,000 worth of pizza, turned around and donated the money right back.

None of the Ducks players appeared, the team on the road at the time. But owner Henry Samueli was here, and how much more clout can a charity tournament have than a billionaire showing up just to have a look around?

Near one of the rinks, someone propped up a life-sized cutout of The World’s Most Interesting Man. Then, in thought bubble form, they wrote, “I don’t play hockey much, but when I do I play for Casey Strale.”

“He’s not here, but he is here,” Chris said of his first-born son. “His spirit’s here.”

To the cause, Chris gave his time, his effort and, listening to him talk on Sunday, his voice. It’s a lot of work helping stage a tournament that was supposed to be cut off at 90 teams but, with so many positive things going on, who could suddenly say “no”?

On Saturday, organizers presented scholarships to two of this year’s most inspiring volunteers. They also asked for a moment of silence for Casey.

The stillness was marked by the release of a bundle of red and white balloons – each carrying a handwritten message to Casey – and a giant Mylar “13,” his uniform number.

The balloons rose into the sky and then began drifting over the building, directly toward the Strales’ house six blocks away. Chris felt his knees noodle.

“He’s going home,” Chris remembered thinking. Then, he added, “I was a mess. I just grabbed my wife (Traci) and hung on.”

Shortly after Christmas, they will start preparing for next year’s Give Blood Play Hockey, 10 months in advance. The expectation is it will be the biggest one yet.

Casey certainly will do everything he can to make that happen.

“I’m humbled that he was my son,” Chris said. “Easy to let go? No. But I’m humbled. We’re humbled.”

You want to have a positive impact, lessen the suffering of others, make a difference? There couldn’t be a better time than right now. Why? Because we’re all still here.

Contact the writer: jmiller@ocregister.com

 

 

Kool way to AID

Kool Way to AID

In 2013,  many young Give Blood Play Hockey fans took to their neighborhoods and street corners to help kids fight cancer. LemonAid

Carla & Catherine Guertin (age 6) held a lemonade stand to raise money for Give Blood Play Hockey over the weekend. They chose to host the stand on the 13th in Memory of Casey Strale. These two angels raised $250 for CHOC.

Now that the summer is heating up, we will encourage our fans and supports to help the cause with putting on their own Lemon Aid Stand in support of CHOC and Give Blood Play Hockey!