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Blue Line Arena Artificial Ice Fundraising Campaign. BLC Fundraising Rep Dec 2007. Blue Line Club Background. Formed in 1972 as a non-profit, volunteer organization Promotes boys and girls hockey and figure skating in East Grand Forks

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Blue Line Arena Artificial Ice Fundraising Campaign

BLC Fundraising Rep

Dec 2007

Our Purpose is our Youth

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Blue Line Club Background

Formed in 1972 as a non-profit, volunteer organization

Promotes boys and girls hockey and figure skating in East Grand Forks

Provides equipment, tournament fees, trophies, coaches, referees, and adequate ice facilities for area youth

Believes good experiences in hockey and figure skating promote sportsmanship, athleticism, team building and future leaders

Our Purpose is our Youth

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Our Dilemma

The Blue Line Arena-formerly the temporary Crestwood School Building-is a great community facility

The main purpose behind the purchase and renovation was to provide a much needed third sheet of ice in town

The Blue Line Club’s original vision was to operate this facility as a “natural” ice arena in order to keep costs down

Warmer winter weather has meant 2 very short seasons in a row, less than 2 months of ice time each year

OUR CONCLUSION: If we want to take full advantage of our investment in this building and provide kids with adequate opportunities to practice and play, we need to install an artificial ice system.

Our Purpose is our Youth

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Our Ice Needs

Our ice needs have grown during the past several seasons. Currently from Mighty Mites through high school, we field these teams:


Boys high school varsity & jr varsity

Bantam A & B

Pee Wee A & B

Squirt A & 3 Squirt Bs

3 Peanut teams

4 Mighty Mite teams (boys and girls)


Girls high school varsity




Plus the entire figure skating program which has expanded too

Our Purpose is our Youth

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What Does Our Current Ice Support

In addition to practice time for those listed teams, we host:

11 varsity boys games

9 JV boys games

12 varsity girls games

13 Bantam A & 12 Bantam B games

16 14U games

13 Pee Wee A & 14 Pee Wee B games

15 12U games

9 Squirt A and & 26 Squirt B games

14 10U games

18? Peanut games

11 Tournaments/Jamborees (Boys Varsity Jamboree, Bantam A, VFW district, Bantam B, 14U region, Pee Wee A, Pee Wee B, Squirt A, 12U, & 12U district, Peanut Jamboree)

Section 8A Boys Hockey Tournament once every 3 years

? Figure skating competitions

Annual figure skating ice show

Open hockey, recreational skating, and limited rental

Our Purpose is our Youth

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How We Are Coping

To get through ice shortages we are:

Scheduling two teams for the same ice time at Bantam, Pee Wee, and Squirt

Limits what the teams can work on in practice

Some of the teams are only practicing once or twice a week

Renting available ice at Ralph Engelstad arena at UND

We have already committed $4,000 to ice at REA this season

Available times are limited, have to work around UND men’s and women's teams, the GF Blues and Supras and the UND intramural programs. Most times are later in the evening limiting it to Bantam and sometimes Pee Wee age players.

Outside ice has not been an option the last couple of seasons as the same warm weather that does not allow the BLC Arena to support ice, does not allow for outdoor ice.

Our Purpose is our Youth

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What Having the BLC Arena Will Allow

When we have the third sheet of artificial ice we will be able to:

Continue to have practices while other arenas host events

Provide more practice time for our teams

Save money by not having to rent ice from REA

Generate money by allowing for more rental opportunities

More ice time to develop our programs that is not dependent on mother nature

Our Purpose is our Youth

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What is This Going to Cost?

Current floor cut/removal - $43,000 (complete)

Grade and Prep sub floor/Replace with new concrete - $108,000

Install refrigeration system infrastructure - $95,000

Purchase refrigeration plant - $7,000 (complete, purchased from Moorhead)

Refurbish refrigeration plant - $20,000

New boards/glass - $60,000-$70,000 (we have a set but they need a lot of refurbishment to address some safety issues

TOTAL - $343,000

Our Purpose is our Youth

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What is the BLC Doing?

Emphasis in membership--only one family in program not BLC member

The BLC has voted to spend $100,000 from the general fund

We have already gathered $60,000 in pledges and donations

We have put together a cookbook which will be available in early December

We are planning a puck sale

Annual Blue Line Club raffle

Soliciting hockey program participating families

Soliciting hockey program alumni

Researching guidelines on a couple of grants

Our Purpose is our Youth

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Gowan Const - $40,000

Community Bank - $7,500 ($2,500 yr/3 yrs)

K & E Construction - $3,000

American Federal Bank - $2,500

Oslo Cenex - $2,000

US Bank - $1,000

Grand Forks Blue Line Club - $1,000

Troy Pecka Trucking - $1,000

Bremer Bank - $500

Tony Palmiscno/AIG - $500

Bert’s Truck Equipment - $500

Drayton Enterprises (Tim Roach) - $500

Our Purpose is our Youth