Skate It Forward Inc.‘s mission is to bring together hockey coaches, players, parents of players and organizations to give back to the community.
This holiday season, the nonprofit is teaming up with parent volunteers from the New Jersey Freeze Travel Hockey Club, the Roxbury Hockey League and Aspen Ice to assist the Adonis family of Landing.
Matt Adonis, son of Alyssa and Mark Adonis and brother of Madyson, was diagnosed with a pediatric medulloblastoma brain tumor on Sept. 6, 2017 — one day before entering the 4th grade.
On Saturday, Dec. 23, Aspen Ice in Randolph will host an event to raise money for the Adonis family as Matt undergoes treatment.
The fundraiser starts with a charity game called Face Off for Matt, followed by a Family Open Skate, with a deejay.
The charity game begins at 6:15. Tickets are $5. All proceeds go directly to the Adonis family, according to Krista Davis, who is spearheading the event with help from other parent volunteers and sponsors. The open skate will be $10.
The evening also boasts a huge tricky tray and silent auction made up of items donated from Morristown, Roxbury, Randolph, Succasunna, Chester and other communities.
Items include signed New York Rangers jerseys from Mark Messier and Ryan McDonagh, a New Jersey Devils jersey from Taylor Hall, as well as sticks, pucks, and tickets to NHL, NBA and NFL games.
The New Jersey Bandits and hockey teams from Morris Knolls, Randolph, Montclair and elsewhere also have donated to the auction.
Event sponsors include Salon-Botanique Eco Chic of Morristown, Acura of Denville, Level-Up of Cedar Knolls, KML Law Group of NJ and Middlebury Sports of Randolph.
Davis knows Matt because she is team manager for the NJ Freeze Squirt grey team, on which both her sons are teammates with Matt.
“I took the boys around town and they told people about their friend and it was amazing. People pulled money right out of their pockets and gave up cash,” said Davis. Complete strangers have stepped up to support and the whole family.”
Since Matt’s diagnosis, he has undergone a six-week radiation treatment. But that hasn’t kept him off of the ice.
“Recently he came back and skated a few times at Aspen in the last couple of weeks,” said Davis.
As Davis organized this event, she recognized the importance of helping Matt’s parents financially so they could focus on their son.
“Hockey teams are like a family. When there are tough times, we come together and we support each other, both the children and the parents,” she said.
“I think in this case, both the Freeze and Roxbury and so many others have really come together to provide as much support as we can to a family that’s in need.”
If you cannot attend the event but wish to donate to the Adonis family, visit this GoFundMe page.