ROXBURY, NJ - About $26,000 was raised at the Dec. 23 "Face Off for Matt" charity ice hockey event, money that is being donated to help 10-year-old Matt Adonis of Roxbury in his battle against a brain tumor, said Krista Davis, one of the event organizers.
Davis, whose son plays hockey with Adonis, said about 500 people attended the game, which took place at Aspen Ice in Randolph. She said the idea for the charity game came to parents of the young hockey players shortly after Adonis was diagnosed in September.
“We met weekly while our kids were skating,” said the Morristown resident. “We decided to have an event and we engaged with the Roxbury Recreation hockey league, NJ Freeze and Aspen Ice.”
About 50 young hockey players got to participate in the game. Each had raised $100 for a spot on the roster, Davis said.
Additionally, money was raised through donations, a tricky tray, a silent auction and a post-game open skate period.
“Close to 120 donors provided us everything from small pieces of merchandise to goods worth a couple thousand dollars,” Davis said. “There were vacation packages and tickets. We put everything in baskets, auctioned some of it off and sold some in the other tricky tray.”
“It was an awesome evening,” she said. “It got a lot of attention for the Adonis family.”
An online “Go Fund Me” site remains active to help raise money for Adonis, who – along with his sister Madyson, attends Nixon Elementary School. As of today, the site had raised about $23,000 of its $45,000 goal.