You’ll help support a local family in need and have a great time at this annual Traverse City event. The Grand Traverse Guns and Hoses 7th Annual Benefit Hockey Game is Saturday, February 22 at Centre Ice Arena.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a silent auction, pre-game warm-up including a public safety honor guard and National Anthem, team introductions and family introduction. There will be a chuck-a-puck event, 50/50 raffle, shootout contest and more! Each ticket contributes to the amount raised for the beneficiary family. Tickets to the game cost $5 in advance and at the door.

It’s second nature for public safety servants to want to help those in need. So when a captain of the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department and a former firefighter/EMT heard news of a local family in need, Grand Traverse Guns N’ Hoses was born.

Guns N’ Hoses was founded in 2014 by Tony and Sara Posey of Traverse City. With a passion for giving back to the community and a love for the game of hockey, the Posey’s hosted a benefit hockey game to support a local public safety family that had been given the devastating news their child had cancer. The event was so successful in the first year they decided the tradition must continue, with firefighters facing off against police officers in a public hockey game to raise funds. 

Now, in its seventh year, Guns N’ Hoses is back for the 2020 benefit game supporting the Kelly Rice family on Saturday, February 22. Kelly was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma Lung Cancer. Kelly has two wonderful teenage children and a great husband by her side, but they could use our community’s support.

​Here’s an excerpt from Kelly’s GoFundMe page:

Kelly Rice is the best friend you could ever have on your side. The best mom in the world. The most caring wife you can imagine. The most thoughtful and loving daughter you could ever ask for. She runs full throttle, working at least two jobs, always doing for others, caring for others, and never asking for help. She is such a beacon of light to anyone who knows her!

This is our time to shine for her.

Her husband has unselfishly let go of his job as an over-the-road truck driver to be by her side, and is starting to re-grow his masonry business in the Traverse City area to be at home with his family.

Kelly is still working, but needs to take time off on a regular basis to make it to appointments and care for herself. She is researching, working, praying, loving her family and hoping for a cure that will answer our prayers.

Please find it in your heart to support Kelly and her family, as financial needs are already beginning to flood in. Thank you for your love, prayers, healing thoughts and generosity to Kelly and her family during this most difficult time!

The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Grand Traverse Guns N’ Hoses continues to grow annually and is far more than just a hockey game. Grand Traverse Guns N’ Hoses assists local individuals and families in the region during times of hardship, adopts families during the holiday season, provides scholarships for children in need, participates in the Adopt-A-Road program in Grand Traverse County, hosts both the annual hockey game as well as participates in the Detroit Red Wings training camp, as well as an annual golf outing. Learn about families who have been helped.