The RIT men’s team raised $6,938.18 for Massachusetts-Lowell alum Craig Charron, who is battling stomach cancer, through the sale of special game-worn jerseys from RIT’s home opener at a sold-out Blue Cross Arena last Saturday night.
The Tigers wore black jerseys for the game against Lowell, which ended in a 4-4 tie. The 24 jerseys were auctioned off online, with bidding completed on Sunday. Each jersey went for at least $230, while junior forward Cameron Burt’s jersey went for the highest bid at $350.18.
Charron’s sons, Jackson and Nicholas, helped RIT president Bill Destler and
ESPN’s Barry Melrose with the evening’s ceremonial puck drop.
“I thought the evening was a tremendous success,” said RIT head coach Wayne Wilson on the RIT website. “We are honored to be able to help Craig in his fight against cancer.”
The contest against UMass Lowell drew a sellout crowd of 10,556 fans, which was the largest to see a RIT regular season game not only in Rochester, but all-time. It was also just the fourth sellout of Blue Cross Arena since it was renovated in the mid-1990s.