Bulldogs Hope to Pack Rink as Fundraiser for Mandi Schwartz Foundation
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team is dedicating its game at Ingalls Rink on Friday, Jan. 24, to Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011), utilizing the game vs. Brown at 7:00 p.m. that night as a fundraiser for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation. The goal is to pack Ingalls Rink, with everyone wearing white, as a "White Out for Mandi" show of support.
Donations to the Foundation will be accepted at the door. Special white t-shirts will be sold, and youth hockey teams are encouraged to come wearing white jerseys. Additional details about the day, including auction items and special guests, will be announced in the near future.
Aleca Hughes '12, Yale's former captain, started the Mandi Schwartz Foundation in memory of Mandi, the Bulldogs center who passed away in April 2011 after battling cancer for more than two years.
In addition to raising funds for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, the event will also help raise awareness of the need for marrow donors and umbilical cord blood donors. In an effort to save her life, Mandi had a stem cell transplant utilizing blood from two anonymous umbilical cord blood donations. Stem cells for patients with life-threatening illnesses like Mandi's can also come from marrow donors. Yale hosts an annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive every spring to add potential donors to the Be The Match® Registry. To date, at least 20 matches for patients in need of transplants have been identified through those efforts. One of those genetic matches was a Yale football player, senior John Oppenheimer.
The attendance record for a women's hockey game at Ingalls Rink is 1,539, set on Nov. 1, 2005, when Team USA played an exhibition game against the ECAC Hockey All-Stars. The first "White Out for Mandi" drew a crowd of 1,066, the largest crowd in history for a Yale women's hockey game. The capacity of Ingalls Rink is 3,500.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity