Saturday, March 18, 2023 the MI-UCP Pucksters will renew its rivalry with the Detroit Red Wing Alumni.
The MI-UCP Charity Hockey Event is FREE to all and benefits MI-UCP (Michigan United Cerebral Palsy). It takes place at St. Mary's Arena on the campus of Orchard Lake St. Mary's, 3535 Indian Trail, West Bloomfield Township, MI. The event will begin at 4:00 pm with a Sled Hockey exhibition featuring the UCP Sledsters and Metro Detroit Sled Hockey Program players and then the Red Wing Alumni-UCP Pucksters game at 6:00 pm.
All proceeds from this charity event will be used to assist people with disabilities and their families. MI-UCP s a local non-profit advocacy organization representing the needs of all people with disabilities and their families all across Michigan. 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 Darren McCarty, Todd Bertuzzi, Joe Kocur, Brent Fedyk, Pat Peake, Red Berenson, John Ogrodnick, Jimmy Carson, Dino Ciccarelli, Jason Woolley and fan favorite, Mickey Redmond.
Together, we have raised more than $540,000 over the past 20 events to support the programs and services provided for the disability community.
Anna Dusbiber dropped the ceremonial puck for 2022.
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 MI-UCP.
Detroit recording artist, Emma Guzman, sang the national anthem
MI-UCP was honored to have a young Detroit area songwriter singing the anthem for our 2022 MI-UCP Skating to Close The Disability Divide 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.