Hockey match benefits abused children

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Tonawanda, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Town of Tonawanda Police and Ellwood Fire Hockey teams hit the ice for a charity game on Sunday at the Lincoln Arena.

The game raised money for the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center. The center serves children in Erie County that are victims of physical and sexual abuse.

“Child victims are traumatized due to the crime and then unfortunately by the process of the investigation. Unfortunately they go through more trauma having to live through the event and describe it. The child advocacy center comes in, multiple disciplines get involved and it limits the impact on the child” said Lieutenant Nick Bado of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department.

The advocacy center’s director Judith Olin said the funds come at a time when they’re really needed.

“Our budget is in a deficit right now due to either decreases or flat grant revenue, while our costs go up. So we’re running a deficit right now that threatens all of our programs” said Olin.

During the matchup players were focused on the charitable cause and winning as well.

Even the audience was fired up, cheering on their favorite team.

In the end, it was the police team pulled the “w”.

“I don’t want to rub it in because we’re all good buddies but the police department won 14 to 1. It’s our second year in a row that we’ve won. In years past I guess they beat up on us pretty good so it’s about time we had our turn” said Lt. Bado.

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