This past Saturday, at the Eddie Edgar ice arena in Livonia, the 21 members of the Livonia All-Stars hockey team played against the Detroit Redwing Alumni team. The stands were packed with standing room only for last minute ticket buyers. The game was entertaining, and the Livonia All-Stars led by Brandon McCullough gave the Redwings a very competitive match.
A few takeaways from the game. Your Livonia AM Rotary club, led by Pat Zucal, Greg Greene, Nancy Darga, Claude Kendrick, and Mike Ladwig handled ticket sales, online ticket verification, and wristband distribution like all-stars. Rotarian Eric Ladwig worked as a bench coach for the All-Stars. Our fellow Livonia Rotary club provided security for the Redwing locker. Our fellow Rotarian, Mayor Maureen Brosnan dropped the ceremonial first puck. The crowd was a blend of young and old. Judging by the many smiling faces in the stands, it was very entertaining to all who attended.
Because of the many sponsors picking up much of the costs, the true winner of the game was the local charity, Livonia Kids and Families. The game, with ticket sales and monetary sponsors, raised around $14,000. It was a win-win for all involved. Even the Livonia All-Stars who, although they were outscored by the Redwings 11-7, collected memories they will cherish for the rest of their lives. And the city of Livonia hosted a wonderful event that was enjoyed by all.