FOABC has come to an end

2016 marks the end of an amazing tournament and community event. While the Face Off Against Breast Cancer Women’s Hockey Tournament has been a huge success in the last few years, it must now come to an end. This very difficult decision has been made after several years of declining committee numbers and levels of commitment in many aspects. As many of you know this amazing fundraising event has relied solely on volunteers and without volunteers we cannot keep going. The planning committee would like to thank everyone who has participated over the last 17 years.

This year’s event raised $56,689, bringing our 17 year tournament total to over $564,729! We would like to thank every single person who has donated to our cause, we have far exceeded our expectations. Additionally we would like to thank all businesses over the years who has donated to our event. These donations have always covered our operating expenses making it possible for all of our fundraised money to go directly to our chosen beneficiary. For most of our 17 years this has been the Cancer Patient Support Foundation, an amazing local organization that distributes money and services directly to local cancer patients.

A very special thank you to all who have helped and made us a success, you know who you are!

Kris Bowdish & Cathy Chase
FOABC Co-Chairs

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2016 Tournament Pics

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Face off!

Thanks to our talented volunteer photographer Dave Bowles, photos of the tournament (including this one) are now available for viewing and download at:

Thank you very much, Dave!

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2016 Tournament Results

Tournament ResultsWhew, what a weekend! We are still catching our breath after 20 games, 3 divisions, 10 women’s teams from across Vermont, 1 group of “Aging” (or, “Ageless”?) Otters, and plenty of friends & family skating their hearts out. The spectators, the sponsors! The live music! The food and festivities… and we want to say so many special thanks to our generous, competent and enthusiastic volunteers. Thank you also to the Cancer Patient Support Foundation for making it possible for us to help people in our communities.

We are so proud this year to be celebrating “Half-Million $trong!

Fundraising results

As of Sunday afternoon, our players had raised over $50,000 for the Cancer Patient Support Foundation. Thanks to the business sponsors who support our tournament, all of this money will go straight to patients and their families in Vermont and upstate New York.

Great job, ladies!!!

Competitive Division: $9,345
-Team Warrior raised $895
-Evolution raised $2785
-Queen City Brewery raised $5665

Novice Division: $7,022
-Barre 32 Degrees raised $1935
-Middlebury Mystix raised $5087

Recreation Division: $29,392
-Northeast Kingdom Women’s Hockey raised $2355
-Switchblades raised $3135
-Waterbury Wicked raised $6605
-Manchester Rusty Blades raised $8001
-Middlebury Otters raised $9296

Our Crowdrise site remains active, and donations (cash, or check made out to CPSF) also may be handed to a local player or mailed to us at:
Face Off Against Breast Cancer
c/o Cathy Chase
P.O. Box 421
Middlebury. VT 05753

Game results

Warrior 9–Evolution 0
Mystix 3–32 Degrees 1
Queen City 6–Evolution 2
Warrior 4–Queen City 2. Warrior takes competitive division with two wins.
Mystix 2–32 Degrees 0. Mystix takes novice division with two wins.

Otters 3–Wicked 1
Rusty Blades 2 (tie)–Switchblades 2
Otters 3–NEK 2
Rusty Blades 3–Wicked 2
Switchblades 5–NEK 0
Otters 2–Rusty Blades 1
Switchblades 8–Wicked 1
Rusty Blades 2–NEK 0
Wicked 2–NEK 0
Otters 1 (tie)–Switchblades 1. Otters take recreational division with three wins.

Many photos have been posted to the FOABC Facebook page, and more will be available on flickr by next week — so please visit again soon.

FOABC cake

Sweet! The Half-Million Strong Celebration cake.

Thanks, everyone!

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Half Million Strong Celebration


The 17th Annual tournament is fast approaching and this year is a very special year as we have raised over $508,000 since our beginnings in 2000. In recognition and this milestone, and to thank all the wonderful women’s hockey players who have raised this money, we will be hosting a Half Million Strong celebration in a heated tent outside the Memorial Sport Center. This event is open to the public and all our invited. Come on down and hear the Horse Traders play your favorite song and purchase a drink from Two Brother’s Tavern who will catering. Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

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2016 Face Off!

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Mark your calendars because the dates for next year’s tournament are set! The Middlebury Mystix and Middlebury Otters will be hosting the 2016 Face Off Against Breast Cancer Tournament at the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury, Vermont on January 30-31, 2016. See you then!!

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2015 Face Off Recap

We had another amazing tournament this year. It was great to see some familiar faces and to meet some new friends. The mission of this tournament sets it apart from other tournaments in that the primary goal is to raise money for breast cancer patients in Vermont. As you may know, our donations go to the Cancer Patient Support Program’s Emergency Fund. CPS provides vitally important services for those in need – everything from helping out with the home energy bills, to providing transportation and lodging for patients in treatment.

This year we raised an incredible $70,000 for breast cancer patients in Vermont. This brings our all-time total raised to just over $500K. Along with player-raised funds, we gathered donations at several other events including a Pink the Rink weekend at Middlebury College, Middlebury Union High School hockey games and our annual tournament party featuring local band The Horse Traders at Two Brothers Tavern & Lounge. Our top individual fundraiser was Cathy Aragi of the Manchester Rusty Blades. That’s two years in a row for Cathy. Way to Go!!! Get all of the details on the 2015 Fundraising page.

This year’s tournament action spanned 2 days and included 11 women’s adult hockey teams from across Vermont. There were three divisions of play plus three Friends & Family games for our supporters to get some time on the ice. Get all of the details on divisional play on the 2015 Game Results page.

Our business sponsors really came through for us again this year. Because of their support, we are able to donate 100% of the player-raised donations directly to CPS. Business sponsorship helps the Otters and Mystix defray tournament expenses like ice rental, referees, and promotion, so that all funds raised can go directly to supporting breast cancer patients. Check out the 2015 Tournament Sponsors page to see who helped out this year and be sure to thank them for their support on your next visit.

Each year we have an amazing group of volunteers that staff the tournament. This year was no different. Our volunteers perform duties such as greeter, ice sweeper, timer, scorekeeper, and game announcer. Without each and every one of them, we wouldn’t be able to put on this incredible two-day event. Thank you!! We also had several folks that went above and beyond to help out. To see the full list check out the 2015 Special Thanks page.


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breast-cancer-ribbon$35K?? Are you kidding me?? Outstanding!! The committee is thrilled to see that number continue to climb over the last few weeks. We will be facing off in just 3 short days and, once again, our players have done an amazing job fundraising for our cause, the Cancer Patient Support Program. Great work!!

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10 Days

pink10Wow!! Today we topped $14K in online and reported offline (cash and check) donations! Our players are amazing! Let’s keep it going. I would love to see if we can double that number in the next week.

PLAYERS: if you or any of your teammates are not registered on Crowdrise yet, time for a gentle nudge to get logged in and share your page to your potential donors – we only have 10 days left before Face Off.

Good luck!

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Deal for Donors and Participants

Addison County Independent

Participants and donors to the 2015 Face Off Against Breast Cancer are offered a $5 discount on a one –year subscription to the Addison Independent, our Media Sponsor. (Regular subscription rates are $40 in-state or $52 for out-of-state; senior citizens: $36 in-state, $47 out-of-state.) To redeem, please email with the promo code FACEOFF in the subject line, or call 802.388.4944. Thank you, Addison Independent!

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That’s our total this morning according to what has been collected and entered into Crowdrise. Great work!! The Otters are in the lead right now with $2530 raised so far and The Wicked are not far behind them with $1785. Let’s keep it up – only 16 days until we Face Off!

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Donate to Our Cause!

Want to make a donation? Visit our Crowdrise event page by clicking below.

Charity Event Fundraising on Crowdrise

Volunteer Sign-Up!

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Players, Fans, and Volunteers:

We hope you had a GREAT time at the 2016 Face Off. See you next year!