TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama Hockey will host Harambe Night at the Pelham Civic Center on Oct. 21 during its game against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT.
Harambe was a 17-year-old silverback gorilla that was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in May after a 4-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. The team hopes the promotional night will raise awareness and funds for endangered species like Harambe.
“With Harambe’s story in the national spotlight we thought this was a perfect opportunity to raise awareness for the care and outlook of endangered species,” head coach John Bierchen said.
The team is “adopting” a monkey from the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida, where they will financially support the sanctuary to keep primates, specifically their adopted monkey, healthy and cared for.
The team’s adopted monkey will paint a unique picture with his hands and feet that will be up for auction at the game and the team will sell specialty hockey jerseys featuring prints of Harambe. Ten percent of all proceeds will go to Suncoast Primate Sanctuary.