Steve Centofanti, Union President
PO Box 0058
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044
For Immediate Release
Friday, April 27, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Waltham Firefighters and Police Hockey Team Leads Fundraising in Charity Hockey Tournament
Waltham Team Won Division in Tournament of 80 Teams
WALTHAM – Waltham Firefighters Local 866 President Steve Centofanti is pleased to announced that the Waltham Firefighters and Police hockey team was the top fundraising team in the Heroes Cup charity tournament last week, and the team won their division.
The Heroes Cup tournament was held in Marlboro on the weekend of April 21-22. More than 1,000 players formed 80 teams from 27 states and three countries. The teams were made up of firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services professionals and military members. All proceeds from the fundraising event were donated to a charity of the each teams’ choosing.
Waltham’s team raised over $50,000 for the non-profit organization One Mission. The charity group helps support children with cancer and their families.
“To be the team that raised the most money for their charity out of 80 teams was awesome,” Waltham Firefighter Don Hopkins said.
Hopkins and his brother and fellow Waltham firefighter Steve Hopkins have been instrumental in the team’s fundraising efforts, along with Waltham Firefighter Chuck Vinciulla and Waltham Police Officer Nick Anderson and Officer Dan Collins.
Their team won the C1 division by beating the teams: Blackstone Valley Bravest, Chelmsford Fire, Joint Base Andrews Guardians and St. John’s Regional Fire Department, from Newfoundland, Canada. In the division championship they defeated Massport Fire.
“Because we won our division we were given a check for $1,000 to donate to One Mission,” Firefighter Steve Hopkins said. “We are now halfway toward our goal of raising $100,000.”
The Hopkins brothers are helping to organize another fundraising event that will be held on Saturday, April 28. Craft Beer Night will be held at Craft Food Hall Project, 900 Chelmsford St., Lowell, where beer and food will be served from 5-9 p.m. Space in the bar is being donated by Waltham resident Doug Ferriman, who is the owner.
Earlier this month, Waltham Firefighters Local 866 hosted their own charity hockey game between their members and Waltham police officers. Held at Bentley University’s new ice arena, the family-friendly event raised over $25,000 for One Mission.