Several UNO Mav hockey fans will gather Friday to raise funds for one of their own.
Longtime hockey broadcaster Terry Leahy’s wife Sheila was diagnosed in March with Stage 4 single cell carcinoma, an incurable cancer. Sheila lost her job a few years ago and the medical bills quickly piled up.
To help alleviate some of that financial strain, the Leahy family, friend and the UNO Hockey community have organized fundraisers to help alleviate some of the financial pressure during this difficult time.
On Friday, a dinner and dance will be held at the Holy Cross Gym, 4837 Woolworth St., from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Goodwill donations will be accepted at the door, and the evening will feature silent auctions and raffles.
Several of the donations were made from former UNO Hockey players, the broadcasting community and Omaha area businesses, including Lawlor’s Custom Sportswear, Mama’s Pizza, Ted & Wally’s, Papio Fun Park, Lauritzen Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Sullivan’s and Learning HQ. Some of the silent auction prizes include an $800 gift package in style services from Victor Victoria salon and Aksarben Cinema donated “Movie Night for 2” certificates for two movie admissions, two popcorns and two drinks. Residence Inn in Aksarben Village donated a gift certificate for a free night stay.
Donations of sports memorabilia includes a signed Ozzie Smith baseball, a Sports Illustrated autographed by Doug McDermott, a Jeff Hoggan signed image and a panorama of the Civic Auditorium during a UNO Hockey game by Brad Williams Photography.
The couple has raised more than $14,500 from 188 people from a GoFundMe campaign in less than three weeks. To learn how you can contribute, visit gofundme.com/skp47g
Donations are also being accepted in the name of “Fundraiser for Sheila” at any First National Bank branch.