Bears Dine Out to Support Running For Rachel

Posted February 8, 2017

Wednesday, the Hershey Bears partnered with all six of the Central Pennsylvania Arooga’s Grille House and Sports Bar locations to benefit Running For Rachel.

Running for Rachel is a foundation that raises money in the memory of Rachel Guss, and helps to fund research for gastrointestinal cancers, including duodenal cancer. This year marks the 6th Annual Running for Rachel 5K. The event will be held Sunday, April 30th at 9 a.m., rain or shine, on City Island in Harrisburg, Pa. If you are interested in participating in the event, you can register here.

“All the proceeds go towards duodenal cancer, which is the type of cancer Rachel had, and it goes to her doctors who are studying it at the National Institutes of Health,” said Sarah Martin, a committee member of Running For Rachel.

Tonight, I attended the fundraiser at the Hummelstown Arooga’s location. Bears Captain Garrett Mitchell, Alternate Captain Chris Bourque, Ryan Bourque, and Coco were on hand to help collect donations, sign autographs and meet fans.

As the players made their way around the restaurant, they collected donations for the foundation, chatted with fans and signed player cards and fan memorabilia.

When asked about the team’s involvement with this event, Captain Garrett Mitchell said: “The guys sign up right away. This was up late last week, and the spots filled up right away. This is one of our bigger events that we do throughout the season and it all goes to a great cause. This is my 5th time doing Running For Rachel.”

“This is a small community,” Mitchell added. “Everything we do on and off the ice doesn’t go unnoticed. The support we get from Bears fans, it’s unbelievable.”

Given the size of the crowd, it definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. The Bears have always been active in the community. Whether attending events like Running For Rachel, visiting the Children’s Hospital at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, reading books to children at elementary schools, or visiting troops at Fort Indiantown Gap, the Bears always find ways to give back to the community in any possible way they can.

For more information on Running For Rachel, her story, and how you can help the cause, visit there website here.

Photos from Running For Rachel Event at Arooga’s in Hummelstown