Speakers at a press conference this past week were, left to right: Yavapai County Sheriff’s Lt. Tom Boelts, Prescott Valley Police Cmdr. Art Askew, Arizona Sundogs Director of Ticket Sales Sean Tessman.
The Arizona Sundogs hockey team announced on Wednesday that their March 1 game against the Rapid City Rush will be a fundraiser for the family of Yavapai County Sheriff's Lt. Wayne Loughrige, who along with his son Joseph Arter, was killed in a car accident on Jan. 11.
Other sponsors of the event include the Prescott Valley Police Dept. K-9 unit, the YCSO, Fain Signature Group, Gettix, and Global Entertainment, managers of Tim's Toyota Center. Three dollars of every ticket sold will be donated to the family of Loughrige.
Of the $3 per ticket donation, $1 will be provided by each of the major sponsors of the game, the Sundogs, Global Entertainment, and Gettix, the Sundogs ticketing agent.
Brad Fain, of Fain Signature Group, has also pledged to match the Sundogs portion if the game is a sellout. Capacity crowd for hockey at TTC is 5,100. According to Sean Tessman, director of Ticket Sales for the Sundogs, they have sold about 2,000 tickets for the game so far.
Wednesday's announcement was made during a press conference at Hampton Inn & Suites in Prescott Valley, hosted by Tessman, along with Cmdr. Art Askew of the PVPD, and Lt. Tom Boelts, longtime friend of Loughrige and fellow YSCO deputy.
"This is a call to action for the community, for us to show support to a man who served 21 years of his life behind the badge for this community," said Tessman. "Wayne did a lot for this community and we're just asking for everyone to step up."
Loughrige was killed while off duty, and according to Askew, the family does not receive death benefits from the YCSO.
"There is a difference when a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty and not in the line of duty, and while Wayne did have some insurance that will go to his family, so this is a very important event for his family," said Askew.
"The Kiwanis Club in Prescott is also setting up a scholarship to help kids pay for athletics at Prescott High where Joey was a wrestler, and the family is also donating money to organizations that were close to Wayne's heart," said Boelts. "So you can see this event will not only help the family, but other organizations and non-profits in the area."
Arter was a standout athlete in the Badgers wrestling program and Loughrige was active in many civic and recreational groups in the area.
During the March 1 game, fans will be able to enter a raffle for various items donated by local businesses and organizations.
The PVPD K-9 unit also will present a demonstration during the games' intermission.
For more information visit www.arizonasundogs.com, www.timstoyotacenter.com, or call 928-759-6600.