Utica Comets photo by Lindsay A. Mogle

The Utica Comets raised more than $15,000 from 'Pink the Rink' night on January 16.

Comets officials presented the check to the Mohawk Valley Health System's Breast Care Center last Friday.

"It is with deep gratitude that we thank the Utica Comets for ‘Pink the Rink’ night," said Nancy Butcher, executive director of the Cancer Center. "Fighting cancer is a team effort and we appreciate their support in the fight against breast cancer. Our thanks to the community and the Comets for their generosity. You helped us make a significant difference for our patients and their families!"

The Comets collected the money through the 50-50 raffle, and and after the game the special pink uniforms worn by Comets players that night were auctioned off to fans.

“It truly was a terrific night filled with excitement and giving toward a great cause,” said Utica Comets President Robert Esche. “Our area never ceases to amaze me on its ability to donate so generously to local institutions. It’s very rewarding to see people come together from a player level, staff level and most importantly a community level. I thank everyone who was involved, and know that ‘Pink the Rink’ night has become a staple of not only the Utica Comets, but of the City of Utica and the community as a family.”