Pacelli raises $14,000 through Bruins jersey auction

Published 10:05 am Monday, March 21, 2016

Pacelli Catholic Schools raked in the green Friday night with the help of the Austin Bruins.

The school hosted a Pacelli Night fundraiser on Friday during the Bruins game against the Brookings Blizzard.

Students got to drop the puck, sing the national anthem, participate in a dance-off between periods, work the door and pack in a fan section.

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A one-of-a-kind signed shamrock Bruins jersey was auctioned off after the game for $6,000 with all proceeds going to Pacelli, and the bidder donated the jersey back to Pacelli. The jersey auction raised a total $14,000, along with proceeds from ticket and T-shirt sales.

For the last three years Pacelli has hosted an international student who has come to Austin to play for the Austin Bruins.

Last year school leaders met with Bruins ownership to see how they could get more of the school’s families to Bruins’ games and how the Bruins can help promote Pacelli.

They came up with Pacelli Night with the Bruins. The school has been selling tickets for two games and T-shirt combos for $25 for a month and a half. More than 200 people bought Pacelli’s special Shamrock shirt and ticket deal.

Pacelli got to keep $15 from every combo sold. Bruins players and Bruiser have visited classrooms, read to students and attended Pacelli events.

Pacelli thanked Bruins co-owners Mike Cooper, and Craig Patrick and the Austin Bruins players for all they have done for Pacelli.

The school and the team is already planning next year’s event, which will include painting the rink green.