GLEN ROCK, N.J. — A family member’s gender transition is what Glen Rock High School Junior Leo Pawlika says inspired him to launch a hockey fundraiser for the organization that helped his family through the process.
Pawlika, 17, is raising money for the Gender and Family Project of the Ackerman Institute with "Pucks for Pride" on May 22. All money raised from the fundraiser will go directly to the Project.
"The gender family project has been such a big help to us," Pawlika told Daily Voice. "I thought it would be great to give back to them."
The event will be based around three scrimmages, with one game of middle-school players and two games of combined high school students, college students and adults.
For the non-hockey-playing public, there will be silent auctions and fun for everyone.
The Gender and Family Project supports transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their families by providing several programs for school officials, family members and communities.
There is no admission fee, but would-be players should register on the event website. The event will be at the Ice House, located at 111 Midtown Bridge St., in Hackensack.
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