Mason High School juniors Rachel Cutter and Adele Igney are on a mission to raise awareness of the sacrifice service working dogs make for our communities through their work with Spike’s K9 Fund, a nonprofit founded by James Hatch, a retired Special Warfare Operator.
Cutter and Igney enlisted the Mason High School Comets Ice Hockey Club Team to assist with a fundraiser to vest City of Mason Police K9s with ballistic vests - stab proof, bullet proof and individually fitted for comfort and agility - to keep the K9s safe while protecting our community. The officers rely on donations to outfit their K9 partners properly.
Senior Goalie Max Harper has taken the lead for the team to both organize and spread the word about this event at the Cincinnati Cyclones Game and Wiener Dog Races on Saturday, March 12. Retired Navy SEAL and Founder of Spike's K9 Fund, James Hatch, will be present and honored for his Service by the Cincinnati Cyclones at the game, which begins at 7:30 pm at U.S. Bank Arena.
For every ticket sold, Spike’s K9 Fund will earn $5. Each K9 Storm ballistic vest costs $2,500, and the goal is to raise $12,500 through tickets sales and sponsors/donations - which will allow Spike's K9 Fund to vest five local police canines, including Mason dogs.
The Comets Hockey Team has recruited a local wiener dog named Dudley, rescued by Cassie Welch-Lowman who is the Mason business owner of Wags and Whiskers Pet Grooming, to represent Spike's K9 Fund in the race.
To purchase tickets, please visit https://groupmatics.events/#/event/Spike