With the final donations tallied up after the Yale women's ice hockey team hosted its annual "White Out for Mandi" fundraiser game on Dec. 2 at Ingalls Rink against Princeton, the Bulldogs have raised more than $25,000 for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, the charitable organization started by captain Aleca Hughes '12 (Westwood, Mass.).
The night, in memory of Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011) and her courageous battle with cancer, began with former Bulldog Denise Soesilo '10 addressing the crowd in a special pregame ceremony that also included a ceremonial puck drop from Giana, the 10-year-old brain tumor survivor that the team adopted at last year's "White Out for Mandi". The National Anthem was sung by forward Patricia McGauley '14, who is from the same home town (Wilcox, Sask.) and high school (Athol Murray College of Notre Dame) as Mandi.
After the second intermission the Bulldogs finished off a silent auction of memorabilia that included items such as an Alex Ovechkin hat and a stick autographed by the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. The Yale Youth Hockey U-12 girls' hockey team was also on hand selling cupcakes to raise money. Those efforts, combined with the "White Out for Mandi" t-shirt sales and other donations, left the final donation total for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation at $25,000 and counting.
The "White Out" was the latest in a long line of tributes to Mandi. In October, several of her former Yale teammates ran the Staten Island half-marathon in her memory (the "Run for Mandi") and raised more than $4,000 for the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Bursary at Notre Dame. Yale has also established a scholarship in her name.
The Bulldogs will soon begin work on the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, which is tentatively scheduled for April 2012.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity