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Bruins’ Paint the Rink Pink sells out

It’s officially a sell out, folks.

Austin Bruins officials confirmed the hockey team’s second annual Paint the Rink Pink cancer fundraiser sold out, with the last of the 1,800 tickets going Thursday afternoon.

The Bruins game — at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Arena against the Alexandria Blizzard — will feature pink ice, pink jerseys, fans decked out in pink and plenty of ways to raise money for breast cancer research at The Hormel Institute. Last year’s event was a sell out, as well, and officials that year had to turn away more than 500 people.

While ticket sales don’t go to The Institute, the Bruins live auction after the game does, and it raised $22,000 last year. Auction items this year include worn Bruins game jerseys and a worn goalie helmet.

A raffle will feature more items, as well. The Bruins are hosting a happy hour at Torge’s Live from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday night, where visitors can buy raffle tickets for $5 a piece or five for $20.

Top prizes include Bruiser the Bear’s jersey autographed by the entire team, a $100 gift card to The Old Mill coupled with a night’s stay at the Holiday Inn, and a golf outing at the Austin Country Club.

The event is now part of the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Paint the Town Pink celebration, going on all week.

The Austin Daily Herald is participating in Paint the Town Pink, with a pink logo online and in print all week, plenty of coverage of all the cancer awareness events, and $100 in prizes for the best entry in a “Paint Yourself Pink” photo contest. To submit your entry, email photodesk@austindailyherald.com or use the form below: