As of September 1, 2022:
We have raised: $5.0 Million!
On August 22, 2022, the Verona Common Council voted to approve an agreement to provide I.C.E., Inc. $500,000 over ten (10) years with annual payments of $50,000 per year. This agreement is a significant source of funding for the new arena. Many thanks to the council members' dedication to support the city and its community.
I.C.E., Inc. will continue its fundraising quest through multiple avenues. As a new season commences, look forward to more events on how you can help achieve this goal!
Gifts of any amount, large or small, are valuable to our mission of "Ice for Kids of All Ages," and your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to this campaign. Your support has sparked interest in new naming opportunities. After overwhelming demand, we no longer have arena/lobby seating naming opportunities available.
As requested, we have split the current community room (a.k.a. The Mezzanine), into 15 new naming opportunities at $10,000 each. Sponsoring the community room will help build the rink and in time help renovate the upstairs. Your donation will be recognized on the donor wall as well as in the community room.
If you are interested in this or any other naming opportunity, please see our Donor Recognition Page
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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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.
Version: May 2022