PLAY WITH PURPOSE
2017 GK ANNUAL HOCKEY GAME
In 2016 Gallagher-Kaiser started an annual hockey game with our summer intern team, our employees and our friends & family. In that first game, we were privileged to welcome MSU student & lifelong hockey player Mitchel Kiefer as one of the goalies.
Mitchel Kiefer’s life was tragically ended too soon due to a distracted driver in September 2016.
When the time came for the next GK hockey game, we decided to take the opportunity to honor Mitchel’s legacy and join the Kiefer Foundation in the fight against distracted driving.
On August 11, 2017, GK & UPI’s own employees, hall of fame players & hockey legends Igor Larionov, Tie Domi and Chris Chelios, NHL players Danny Dekeyser, Zach Werenski, Dalton Prout, Steve Olesky, Boone Jenner, Cory Tropp and NCAA collegiate athletes came together on the ice to “Play with Purpose.”
With ice time generously donated by the Troy Sports Center, nearly one thousand attendees made up of families, friends, classmates & coworkers gathered to watch the game, join in the 50/50 raffle and bid in the silent auction. All proceeds from the evening were donated to the Kiefer Foundation.
We are proud to say that 100% of the GK/UPI team contributed and with the help of our families, friends and partners, we raised over $175,000, surpassing our initial goal by $100,000.
The overwhelming generosity of our community is a testament to Mitchel’s story and it’s growing effect beyond just those that knew him best.
Each year, our goal is that the meaning of “Play with Purpose” extends beyond the ice and forever changes the way we think when we get behind the wheel.