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The Blood Cup

The Blood Cup

Hockey fans are accustomed to watching the fight for the Stanley Cup each year. The Cup is a long-standing symbol of the blood, sweat, and tears that a team put in for the entire year of competition in the National Hockey League. Give Blood Play Hockey wanted to continue the tradition of a perpetual symbol of greatness.

The Blood Cup

The Blood Cup was founded at the 1st annual Give Blood Play Hockey in 2007. Teams that win in each division names are engraved forever into this trophy and it is displayed proudly at our home rink in Irvine, CA. The Blood Cup stands for more than just a victory; it is a symbol for the effort of the players of each championship team of their dedication to helping the community through support of CHOC Children’s and the Blood Bank. Teams at Give Blood Play Hockey compete for more than just this perpetual trophy; they compete for a brighter future For The Kids, For The Community, and For an End to Cancer. Congratulations Champions and Thank you for your BLOOD, sweat, and tears.

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About The Keeper Award


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The Give Blood Play Hockey “Keeper Award” is given to a team that goes above and beyond. The Keeper Award will be presented at each year’s tournament to the team that raises the most money for CHOC Children’s. So Give Blood Play Hockey Teams…. GAME ON!

In 2012, Give Blood Play Hockey upped the ante for Sponsors by offering a FREE TEAM REGISTRATION for a $1000 or more Sponsorship. Additionally, teams who raise money for CHOC will be in the running for the Give Blood Play Hockey Perpetual Keeper Award.

Our inaugural Keeper Award was presented to the team that inspired this award. NAI Capital, lead by Sonya Grech and Ryan Dopp, took the challenge of raising $1000 for a free team registration to a whole new level. They not only had a team in the 2012 event and reached their $1000 goal; they reached out to their families, friends and business associates and donated $2,682 for CHOC Children’s Hospital. Donations ranged in amounts from Large to Small with the most inspirational coming from “Little Kid” for $1.

It is our hope that teams participating in the 2016 tournament start the competition a little early this year and in the years to come. The direct pay link is open on the Give Blood Play Hockey website and teams can start raising money now. The winner of the 2015 award will be posted on the Give Blood Play Hockey Website all year long and will be honored at the 2016 tournament. The winning team will have their name engraved on the Keeper Award that will be placed in the trophy case at the rinks along with their team picture with the trophy.

Teams at Give Blood Play Hockey compete for more than just trophies and awards. Teams compete for a Brighter Future for Kids, for the Community and for an end of cancer. We thank you for your dedication to Give Blood Play Hockey, CHOC Children’s and to a Brighter Future for our community.

If you have any questions, please email and use the below letter to make the solicitation for you team easier. With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of children and help us get closer to finding a cure for Pediatric Cancer.

Need help soliciting? – See a great template to get you started here: The Keeper Award 2016

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

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


GBPH Raffle Committee

General : 2017 In-Kind Donation Form


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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,, if you plan on participating or have any questions.

Download the 2014 Cake & Skate Walk / Basket Donation Flier