On June 22, the Darien Winter Club faced off for the eighth annual `Charity Skate' ice hockey event to benefit Person-to-Person Emergency Assistance Program. The program is a core service of the agency that provides financial assistance to help individuals and families pay for rent, utility bills and related expenses.

The `Charity Skate' event is a Darien Winter Club (DWC) tradition which provides its members the chance to have a great time playing ice hockey while raising money for a worthy cause.

"This year we raised just under $7,000, which brings the total to nearly $47,000 over the last eight years," said John Shaker, Charity Skate organizer.

The `Charity Skate' concept was created by Tony Oja, a longtime DWC member. Oja organized the early events to help benefit the `Ice Hockey in Harlem' charity, which provided opportunities for disadvantaged inner-city kids to learn and play ice hockey.

To make a donation to the Emergency Assistance Program, or for more information, visit the Person-to-Person website at www.p2pHelps.org or call (203) 655-0048.

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