For the second consecutive year, area hockey fans who want to make a difference in the fight against cancer can join the Rapid City Rush in its "Pink at the Rink" night.

Rush players will pink jerseys during the event, to be Friday, Feb. 12, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center ice arena.

During the game, which begins at 7:05 p.m., the squad will wear pink jerseys. After the game, the jerseys will be auctioned, with proceeds to benefit the Regional Care Institute.

Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation volunteers will also be at the arena selling pink shirts at the game, along with Chuck-a-Pucks and other pink items for the special fundraiser. Those attending the game are encouraged to wear pink to show their support in the fight against cancer.

Money raised by the Hospital Foundation through "Pink at the Rink" will be added to money raised from the "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" program at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, which is scheduled to run Jan. 29 through Feb. 7.

The funds will help purchase a new TomoTherapy table. This table, in concert with the TomoTherapy unit, will be fully automated, decreasing the time the patient is on the table while increasing the quality of each patient's treatment. Chemotherapy is a unique radiation delivery system that gives the patient a greater chance of cure or greater local tumor control.

"It's so nice to know the Rapid City Rush are not just concerned about what happens on the ice, but are also interested in helping the community they play hockey in," Angie Kliewer, Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation director of fundraising services, said in a news release. "We are so grateful the Rush organization and team will be wearing pink, on Feb. 12, and have chosen to support the Regional Cancer Care Institute here in Rapid City."

Tickets can be bought at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Box Office, by going to www.gotmine.com or by calling 1-800-468-6463.

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