For the 20th year straight, on Saturday, March 21, 2020 the UCP Pucksters will take on the Red Wing Alumni. The Skate Without Limits Charity game, benefits UCP/Detroit, was played at the St. Mary's Arena on the campus of Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 3535 Indian Trail, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48324. The event begins at 4:00 pm with a Sled Hockey exhibition featuring the Grand Rapids Sled Wings and then the Red Wing Alumni-UCP Pucksters game was 6:00 pm. An afterglow pizza party followed immediately.
All proceeds from this charity event will be used to assist people with disabilities and their families. UCP/ Detroit is a local non-profit advocacy organization representing the needs of all people with disabilities and their families in the Metropolitan Detroit and the Tri-County areas. Eighty-Five percent of every dollar raised from UCP special events is used for programs and services that benefit directly the people we serve.
The Detroit Red Wing Alumni Association, which is the oldest such organization in the NHL, now plays around 30 games a year to the benefit of worthy charities. This group uses their status as former NHL players to bring people together for a common goal...to raise spirits and raise money for some wonderful organizations.
The alumni roster includes such names as John Ogrodnick, Jimmy Carson, Dino Ciccarelli, Petr Klima, Darren McCarty, Dave Coulier (of TV's Full House), Jason Woolley, Todd Bertuzzi, Joe Kocur, Brent Fedyk, Pat Peake, Red Berenson and fan favorite, Mickey Redmond.
Together we have raised nearly $500,000 over the past 19 years for the disability community.
Emma Guzman to sing the National Anthem at 2020 event!
UCP/Detroit is honored to have a young Detroit area songwriter singing the anthem for our 20th Annual Skate Without Limits Charity Hockey event.
Emma is a known cat enthusiast, rumored star child and compelled by unknown forces, has always felt the need to express herself through music. Choosing to spend her time humming melodies and frantically scribbling lyrics in various notebooks and on random scraps of paper, she has quietly amassed a substantial collection of songs. She has been described by the Detroit Metro Times as a "songwriting prodigy," and one of their top 15 artists to watch in 2016. Emma released her second album, "Roots," on Backburner Records in 2017. In 2019, Emma was selected to be a Tidal Unplugged artist, and will soon be coming out with new music.
Ali McManus (who received a UCP Life Without Limits Award in 2018) sang the anthem for 2019 and she had hoped to return for 2020 but had to bow out. We hope to see Ali again down the road.
Anna Dusbiber will drop the ceremonial puck for 2020.
Anna co-founded the Ann Arbor CIL’s Youth Services Program more than fifteen years ago. As program manager, Anna communicates with participants, recruits volunteers, and plans and implements events. The Youth Services Program offers workshops, social activities, individual assistance and advocacy to support youth as they navigate school and prepare to transition into adulthood. Anna has mentored many youth over the years and is a certified peer mentor of the Ann Arbor CIL. She speaks at conferences and local events on behalf of the Ann Arbor CIL. Anna earned her Master of Social Work with a concentration in children and family services from Eastern Michigan University and her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication and Management, magna cum laude, also from Eastern Michigan. Anna was recently awarded one of the Kit McDonnell Life Without Limits Award from UCP/Detroit and UCP/Michigan.
WHAT IS CEREBRAL PALSY?
Cerebral palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development. Cerebral palsy primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination. Though cerebral palsy can be defined, having cerebral palsy does not define the person that has the condition.
WHAT DOES UCP/DETROIT DO?
UCP/Detroit provides information and referral services, employment program (Work Incentive Planning Assistance), individual and family support services (Person Centered Advocacy), community inclusion and independent living supports and community education. More than 65% of the people served by UCP/Detroit have a disability other than cerebral palsy. These include spinal cord injuries, visual disabilities, learning disabilities and other disabilities that affect daily living.
WHO SUPPORTS OUR PROGRAMS?
UCP/Detroit is one of over 110 local non-profit organizations that receives funds from United Way Community Services. Additional funds are raised through various fundraising activities, special events, bequests and memorials, and private donations.
UCP/Detroit is also consistently recognized as one of the most efficient charitable organizations in the United States by several publications, including The Chronicle of Philanthropy. More than 85 cents of every dollar raised is used to provide programs and services for people with disabilities.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You can contribute directly to UCP/Detroit, or participate in our fundraising events. Volunteers are always needed to assist us with various projects and special events that are conducted throughout each year. For more information about UCP/Detroit, call 248-557-5070 or 800-827-4843.