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Oct 13, 2023

The Rockford IceHogs Community Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to Rock House Kids as part of $127,000 in grants being awarded for this grant cycle.

The grant will help Rock House Kids serve a larger number of kids during evening programs, see fewer kids going hungry, serve a larger number of meals on a weekly basis, provide more nutritious food options, and provide a larger selection of food for take home bags.

“We are humbled by the support from the Rockford IceHogs,” said Dee Lacny, Executive Director of Rock House Kids. “Their genuine care for the Rockford community and the kids we serve at RHK is evident in more ways than one. The IceHogs are making a huge difference for Rockford's inner-city kids not only with their financial support to help feed our kids through this grant, but also by the players coming and hanging out with them and the donating of tickets so our kids can have the opportunity to experience something they would never have been able to otherwise.”

"I had a chance to visit Rock House Kids with a couple of our players last season and it was very moving to see the effect Rock House is having on the kids they serve each night," said Dave Costello, Manager of Marketing and Community Relations for the IceHogs. "One of the areas of focus for the IceHogs Community Fund is improving the quality of life in downtown Rockford and the work Rock House Kids is doing is having a big impact in that area.”

In total for this year's grant cycle, the IceHogs Community Fund and Chicago Blackhawks Foundation have awarded $127,000 in grants to support nine Rockford area organizations and 10 unique programs. The awards include $100,000 from the IceHogs Community Fund and $27,000 from the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation. Previously announced awards included:

More details on additional grants awarded by the IceHogs Community Fund and Chicago Blackhawks Foundation will be revealed throughout the summer.

About the IceHogs Community Fund

The IceHogs Community Fund (ICF), supported by the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation, is invested in making a positive social impact by supporting initiatives that will help make the Rockford region a better place to work, live, and play. Through partnerships with local organizations, the ICF is dedicated to growing the game of hockey by working to broaden exposure and reduce barriers to the sport.

The ICF raises funds throughout the year in a variety of ways, including specialty jersey auctions as well as gameday sales of 50/50 raffle tickets and Chuck-A-Pucks.

About Rock House Kids

Rock House Kids started in 1999 when its founder realized children in the 61104 zip code had nowhere to turn if they needed food, clothing, school supplies, and other basic essentials their caretakers were not providing. Over the next ten years, RHK grew and gained 501©(3) status in 2009. Its vision is to meet kids’ physical, emotional, and educational needs by instilling hope in a safe, Christ-centered environment through evening programming four nights per week. Each evening, Rock House provides a safe haven for kids, provides a hot meal, teaches kids essential life skills, and provides other basic essentials kids may need, such as winter coats, blankets, socks, underwear, food to take home, and hope for a better future. The children Rock House serves are from Winnebago County and are all below poverty level.

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