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Skate for a Cause: Moon, RMU Host Charity Hockey Games

Teachers in the Moon Area School District will take on the Moon Hockey Club this weekend to raise money for prom activities.

Moon Area School District faculty and students will take to the ice this weekend in a hockey game fundraiser for the high school's upcoming prom season. 

"Prom gets more and more expensive every year," said high school teacher Loni Ianessa. "So anything we can do to help would be great." 

Ianessa and troupe of teachers in the district will take on the Moon Hockey Club Saturday at the Airport Ice Arena. Proceeds from the match-up will go towards after-prom activities in the district or to individual students who may have trouble paying for the festivities. 

Ianessa said 14 staff members at the high school will suit up for the game. 

"Hockey's become more mainstream," Ianessa said. "So we figured, more people are playing hockey, let's contact the Moon Hockey Club and see if we can set up a charity game." 

Ianessa, a former hockey coach for Beaver High School, said ice time was donated by Moon Hockey President Ed Tarquinio. Moon High School Principal Barry Balaski will serve as announcer for the game. 

"It's a fundraiser for the kids, just to help out with those (prom) expenses," he said. "And all of it goes towards the kids." 

The Moon Area High School pep band will be on hand, and proceeds from a 50-50 raffle will also go towards prom expenses. 

"We'll have staff members running the clock, selling tickets, doing everything," Ianessa said. "We just hope people come out for the game."

The game will take place at 1:20 p.m. Saturday at the Hookstown Grade Road arena. Tickets are $5 at the door. 

Robert Morris University's women's hockey team will host its seventh-annual "Skate for the Cure" two-day event this weekend at the Island Sports Center on Neville Island. 

Participating women's hockey teams this weekend, including the Colonials, have pledged to donate proceeds from merchandise sales towards raising funds for breast cancer research, according to a team announcement. 

The women's hockey team will sell T-shirts and raffle off sticks and a jersey autographed by the team's roster. Fans are also encouraged to donate to the cause while attending the games. 

The Colonials take on Syracuse at 3 p.m., both today and tomorrow, at the RMU's Neville Island arena. Visit the team's website for more information on attending. 

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