When tragedy struck Southern Indiana for the second time in under a month, the community needed help. Boonville High School (IN) Freshman Skylar Robinson died as a passenger in a collision with a drunk driver a week and a half before Christmas.
Robinson's mother Elizabeth, a member of the local AMR Ambulance service, remembers Skylar with the following statement. "Skylar's big bright blue eyes were taken from us too soon. She was just a freshman at Boonville High School. She loved choir and boy did she love to sing. When she was mad, sad, and happy she sang. She loved her friends dearly and she always tried to help anyone in anyway she could. Any help we offered, she was always determined to do it on her own. Skylar would light up a room with her beautiful uplifting spirit. Her friends say she always walked down the hallways with a smile and compliment for everyone she saw. She made this Earth a very beautiful place, and her heart was way too big for her small body. God gave us our angel for 15 years and that we are so very thankful for."
The Evansville Hoses hockey team, fresh off of a victory over the Evansville Guns hockey team and having players play in various charity contents across the midwest put their heads together and knew the community needed a boost. "We are the faces on scene often times during a families worst day of their life. Any chance we have to continue being there for them beyond that moment, we will answer that call," said Evansville Hoses Captain Eric Tanner.
As the hoses looked to organize quickly, they reached out to some friends for help. From assistant Captain Matt Stadtfield "We will split up in darks vs whites. (The) White team will be Evansville Hoses, St. Louis Fire on Ice, and Indy Badgers Public Safety Hockey Team vs (Dark Team) Nashville Fire, Toledo Fire, and Evansville Guns." Matt has been instrumental in orchestrating the many charity games the Evansville Hoses have either hosted or travel to play in.
"We are hoping to create a create a fun environment that will let this be as much of a memorial as it is a benefit game," said Tanner. "Hockey is unique in it's ability to bring people together. This isn't Cops vs. Firefighters, this is Public Safety throwing their sticks in the middle and dividing up for a family that needs some help. Tickets are very reasonable and families are welcome."
This game will also be benefiting the Indiana State Police K9 fund after Master Trooper Kevin Water's K9 Andy passed away after 8 years of service.
Tickets are on sale until game time for $5 per person. Puck drops at 7:30 and all proceeds will benefit the Robinson family and the K9 fund. View Robinson's tribute video HERE
On 1/18/17 Master Trooper Waters was presented with Andy's ashes in this urn. Master Trooper Waters would like to thank everyone for their support during this time.