March 17, 2020
The 2020 Checking For Charity, like nearly all events, was called off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The South Portland Firefighters understand the duty we have to keeping safe those that we serve.
We take this as a challenge to make the 2021 Checking For Charity even more exciting and more successful! The need will only increase we are determined to help as much as possible. Please join us next year to help us help those in need.
March 23, 2019
The 2019 CFC was a very special one for our South Portland Fire department family. This year's event was Dedicated to Lt Harry Weymouth who passed away in 2018, and we hosted his wife and children to honor their husband and father, while we honored and celebrated our friend. Nearly 700 people were in attendance, which for the Troubh Ice Arena, produces a great atmosphere!!
We made some changes to the first game splitting the SPHS alumni and firefighters up to make two co-mingles teams to face off against one another. The results... It was a lot more fun to both play and watch. The game was much closer, and featured Maine Mariner's Coaches Riley Armstrong, and Anthony Bohn on the ice, and several Mariners players behind the benches.
We decided we needed some real hockey players to be part of the event, so we invited the SP Middle School hockey program to put on a display of their skills, and to teach the firefighters a thing or two. Now this is what the event needed and another facet of a community based event that is family friendly!!! The players did a great job, and really enjoyed having professional hockey players behind their benches giving some advice, or even just a "fist bump" after a good shift!
The "former pro showdown" again didn't disappoint for the night cap! A really close game, and a lot of playful banter could be witnessed. Once again it was decided, we nailed it!!! The 2019 CFC brought in almost $25,000 that will be used to support many groups in need. The first three years brought us close to generating $50,000 for charity, and we have a full head of steam headed towards the 2020 CFC which will be held on Sunday March 15th from noon -3 at the William B. Troubh Ice Arena, will you be there???
March 24, 2018
The 2nd annual CFC brought a lot of excitement, and stress for the CFC committee. Would we be able to increase the crowd from the first year? Would we be able to raise more money for the charities we support? We would suffer from a first year "hang over"? We brought in NHL Referee and South Portlander Wes McCauley to make sure we nailed it!!
The crowd nearly doubled from the 1st annual CFC, and the funds raised more than double as well coming in just over $14,700!! The first game's teams stayed the same, and the results didn't change much. The Firefighters just couldn't keep up with the SPHS Alumni. Everyone had fun, but the score was not pretty! The "Former pro Showdown" brought many popular former pros to the ice to showcase their skills against one another, and it was fantastic!!
The silent auction generated a huge amount of money, and brought in some great hockey sweaters, Sea Dog's Sky Box tickets, and much much more... The 50/50 was a very popular spectator event with SPFD firefighter's canvasing the seating area selling the tickets!! 2018 was a huge year in growth for us, but could we match it in 2019???
March 18, 2017
This is where it all started! The inaugural event aimed at bringing people in the community together to raise money for several local groups. The event featured two hockey games, a 50/50 raffle, some great hockey memorabilia for raffle, Fore River Brewing's "All-Hands Brown Ale", and a lot of goals!!
The first game was between the South Portland Firefighter's Team and the SPHS Hockey Alumni Team. This game was a bit of a lop-sided contest but the 350+ people that showed up didn't care!! The second game brought some local former professional players to the ice to take on the newly formed CMCC Men's Hockey Team. The CMCC team got a great view of some of the skills put forth by the former pros, but just couldn't keep up with them!
The event was deemed a huge success raising $7,300 to benefit those in need! It was after that night that we knew we were onto something, and promised to be back the next year!!