By Mark Ambrogi
The Indianapolis-area hockey community has thrown its support behind the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Indiana Chapter’s Indianapolis Man and Woman of the Year campaign.
It started in 2013 when Tom McCord, a leukemia survivor, participated in the Man of the Year program.
Mark Barnhart, who was on the McCord campaign team, and McCord created a hockey fundraising tournament called Light the Lamp at Carmel Ice Skadium. Carmel resident Dan Goodrich, who plays in a men’s hockey league at Carmel Ice Skadium, supported that campaign. The hockey community has put its support behind one candidate each year since.
This year the hockey community supported Goodrich’s successful 2016 Indianapolis Man of the Year bid. Goodrich and his team raised more than $100,000 in the 10-week campaign with about half of the funds coming from the charity hockey tournament held April 29 to May 1.
McCord was the runner-up in 2013. Barnhart was named 2015 LLS Indianapolis Man of the Year. Julie Fecht was the 2014 winner for Women of the Year.
“I can’t say enough about the different men’s leagues (around the Indianapolis area),” Goodrich said. “They all enter teams.”
Penn Station was the tournament’s presenting sponsor. There was a silent auction and raffle.
“We’re real proud of what the hockey community does to support each other,” Goodrich said. “We partnered with the Circle City Curling Club and did a curling tournament at Arctic Zone (in May).”
Goodrich said the tournament also served as instructional since nearly everyone involved hadn’t previously played. A roller hockey tournament also helped raise money.
The LLS Man and Woman of the Year campaign raised a record-breaking $1.1 million this year. Abigail Boldt, a 17-year-old cancer survivor from Zionsville, was named LLS Woman of the Year, raising a record of more than $200,000.
Goodrich and his wife Robin have two children, Morgan, 15, and Garrett, 12. Goodrich works as a realtor for The Mitchell Group at RE/MAX Ability Plus. Bill Mitchell of Carmel was a member of Goodrich’s team.
The candidates competed in honor of Luke Canterberry, Fishers, and Grace Gumino, Westfield, both blood cancer survivors.