We need to get to above $6 Million to start construction.
As of June 1, 2022
We have raised: $3.9 Million!
On June 1, we celebrated the 100 Extraordinary Women initiative with a reception at the Palestrina Event Center in Verona. Drinks and hors d‘oeuvres were served, and participants were treated to an engaging panel of speakers discussing the past, present, and future of girls‘ hockey. This initiative kickstarted our larger capital campaign to fundraise for the new rink. We‘re excited to announce that as of June 1, 110 $1,000 donations or pledges were made in the names of 110 women, and when combined with a generous matching donor, $220,000 was raised for the new rink!
Judy Ferwerda, Brittany Spencer Grant, and Amanda Ferwerda presented their stories of the (very) early days of girls‘ hockey in Wisconsin. Judy is the godmother of all things girls’ hockey in Madison and throughout the state. She began the girls’ Capitols program when she saw the need to create a team for competitive girls to skate on as they aged up into the boys’ checking levels. And she’s left her mark at even higher levels, being instrumental in bringing women’s hockey to the collegiate NCAA varsity level at the University of Wisconsin.
Brittany and Amanda talked about the benefits and challenges being on those early girls’ teams: inconsistent practice and game times, lack of competitive teams in the local area, being able to travel and meet other high-level skaters across the country. Grace Bonnell and Kaya Pelton Byce of the Madison Metro Lynx spoke about the ways in which their experiences have been both different and similar. They were able to play with boys‘ team through their PW/U12 years because of the change in youth body-checking rules, and they were among the first girls to play with the Madison Mavericks U14 girls‘ team. But even though the Metro Lynx have received bids to the State Tournament twice in the last three years, the girls‘ high school varsity program still struggles with inconsistent game and practice times, and the boys‘ teams still receive the lion‘s share of publicity and attention.
Plans for the new rink include dedicated girls‘ changing rooms in both rinks to serve the needs of all girls playing at the youth levels. We are also pleased to announce the addition of a girls‘ high school varsity locker room in the new rink. Though future WIAA co-op alignments can be difficult to predict, Verona Ice Arena stands ready to provide a home to a future high school girls‘ varsity team.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 100 Extraordinary Women initiative. Your donations are an important step in making this new rink a reality and providing better opportunities for girls of all ages to skate.
Verona Ice Arena is at capacity for prime time rentals for most of the year! The community is growing fast and so is the interest in ice hockey and skating!
I.C.E., Inc. began a capital campaign, Ice for Kids of All Ages, to build a much-needed second sheet of ice for the community. The planned second sheet of ice would be built directly to the south of the existing building, where the current outdoor seasonal rink is located.
We currently need to raise $8 Million to build this facility. We need your help to raise funds and build awareness of our fundraising campaign!
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Version: May 2022