Efforts continue for ice rink project

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. – The grams behind Grams With Attitude – Vickie Rush, Luanne Hughes and Anna Marie Quader – have been busy with events to raise funds and awareness for their project.

The nonprofit group is dedicated to building a synthetic ice hockey rink in the borough to be used by Tri-State Area youth.

“It’s mostly about raising awareness, letting people know we’re here and getting the word out,” said Rush.

Their next event is a Halloween-themed cash bash and car cruise, beginning at noon Oct. 27 at the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse located on state Route 18. The cash bash will include a performance by Zuke at 3 p.m., a 50/50 drawing, bingo and a Chinese auction. There will be multiple drawings for $100, $200, $300 and $500 prizes from noon until the $1,300 drawing at 3 p.m. Those attending are welcome to dress in Halloween costumes, but costumes are not required. Tickets are $20 per person.

Registration for the car cruise will begin at 10 a.m., and all types of vehicles are welcome.

Local businessman Ray Bologna donated the use of the roadhouse for the day. Bologna also has donated the land for the rink and provided mentoring and advice to the group.

The group also will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church parking lot located on Main Street.

“We want to get people involved and let them know exactly what we’re doing,” said Quader.

Grams With Attitude has teamed up with community partners Lions Football, Ryan Fuller, Our Lady of Lourdes, J.T. Sauers and Associates and the Burgettstown Area Senior Center.

The group and synthetic ice manufacturer Future Skate of Verona offered a free skate on Sept. 28 at the senior center during Burgettstown High School’s homecoming festivities. The free skate gave area residents a chance to test the synthetic ice that would be in use at the proposed rink. The event also included food, a disc jockey, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 drawing and Rainbow the Clown.

The group also held a bike run on Sept. 29 at the Mouse Trap and participated in the homecoming parade.

“We welcome anyone in the community to ask us questions (about the project),” said Rush. “We’ve gotten a lot of support from the community, and if anyone wants to volunteer, we welcome them.”

The group’s ultimate goal is to construct an all-weather hockey rink, complete with dasher boards, benches, penalty boxes and bleacher seating; skate rental/concessions/comfort station; walking track; a playground area; and a splash park. It will be built on 4.7 acres along state Route 18 in Smith Township, adjacent to Blue Devil Distributors.

The rink would be built to U.S. Hockey specifications. The group hopes to offer low-cost skating, a year-round practice facility for youth hockey players and begin a youth hockey league.

The organization estimates it must raise approximately $3.5 million dollars to complete the project.

For information or to make a donation, contact Vickie Rush at (412) 217-7744, Anna Marie Quader at (412) 722-9055 or Luanne Hughes at (412) 818-0180 or e-mail gramswithattitudes@yahoo.com.

(Wallace-Minger can be contacted at swallace@pafocus.com)