Princess gowns, knight costumes, hockey jerseys, and Children’s Museum of the Black Hills’ (CMBH) t-shirts colored the stands at the Rush Hockey game. Kids of all ages cheered on Rapid City’s hometown hockey team and as a result, CMBH had a successful fundraiser! We sold 163 tickets sold, provided us a net-profit of $1,300! This profit was achieved by board members who were challenged to sell ten tickets. Several board members sold well over that amount—helping us to reach a profit margin!
Fun hockey facts were compiled into a flyer and handed out to sports fans, helping to fulfill the Children’s Museum of the Black Hills’ mission and vision of serving our community of learners. Did you know that the first hockey puck was made from cow dung? Talk about a pretty gross fact! At half-time, Aerial, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella sang and engaged the fans in a sing-along while Rapid City’s Skating Club circled the ice rink in beautiful formations. After the half-time show, twenty-five of the CMBH youngest and most excited fans were invited to high-five the Rush hockey players as they re-entered the rink for the second period. The kids’ faces lit up with joy as the larger-than-life players patted backs and high-fived our youngest fans.
The best part of the evening, though was when our President and Founder of the Children’s Museum of the Black Hills, Lily Bruckner was honored with other members of the community as our Hometown Hero. What a proud moment for our organization and for our city to recognize the opportunities a children’s museum could bring to our community. Lily was honored for her challenging work, dedication and vision. Bruckner was chosen for this award for her dream to bring a children’s museum to our city.
Lily and the Board of Directors’ diligent work has set a path to demonstrate the good that can come from inspiring all children and families to dream big dreams through creative play, exploration, and discovery. Our hope for Rapid City is to bring a children’s museum to families, which in return will spark a culture of learning in the community. The Children’s Museum of the Black Hills hopes to bring this dream to fruition.
We are thankful for the support we received through the ticket sales, the collaboration the Rapid City Rush Hockey Organization extended to us, and for the Civic Center’s partnership, which helped with our fundraising venture. We aspire to continue this event on a yearly basis and to hopefully grow the fan base, and as a result help achieve even bigger fundraising successes.
Melissa Crouch, Vice President