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By Chicago Steel, 03/20/19, 9:30AM CDT


March 16 Powerplay for Students Presented by FONA International Featured Game-Worn Specialty Jersey Auction and Ticket Fundraiser

GENEVA, ILLINOIS — Steel fans helped raise more than $5,000 to benefit area students through the team’s Geneva Academic Foundation Powerplay for Students: A Night to Benefit Geneva Schools presented by FONA International, on Saturday, March 16. The USHL regular season game against the Dubuque Fighting Saints that doubled as a fundraiser to benefit Geneva Schools and the Geneva Academic Foundation (“GAF”) with funds raised through a specialty game-worn jersey auction and ticket sales.

The Steel wore special Steel jerseys that were primarily black with silver and white striping that were auctioned at the game to raise funds for GAF. The jerseys were provided by FONA International, the game’s title sponsor for a third consecutive year, ensuring all proceeds went to GAF. The auction itself raised $3,600 with the highest bids recorded for Steel forward Jake Schmaltz and goaltender Reilly Herbst. The additional funds came from a portion of ticket sales being donated to the area non-profit.

Proceeds raised will help provide grants for technology, services programs and equipment for teachers, students and classrooms in Geneva Community School District 304. The event marks the third time the Steel have partnered with GAF and FONA International for a special jersey auction. The Steel also hosted a reception for guests of GAF and FONA International on the suite level prior to the game.

“The Geneva Academic Foundation would like to thank everyone who attended our Power Play for Geneva Students fundraiser with the Chicago Steel sponsored by FONA on Saturday night,” said Co-President of GAF Kimberly Luthin. “It was a great night for the Steel and a great night for Geneva students. Thank you to everyone who bid on a jersey to help us raise funds for Geneva 304 students and classrooms.

“We would like to extend a special thanks to (FONA International Founder, CEO & Chairman) Joe Slawek and FONA International for their generous sponsorship of our event for the third consecutive year. It is community partnerships like this one that help make GAF successful each year.”

The partnership with the Geneva Academic Foundation has become a signature event in the team’s year-round efforts to assist area schools and charities. The Steel have presented the team’s signature “Live Strong as Steel” assembly program to more than 3,300 area students annually, and through its “Read with Rusty” program, the team encourages young readers to achieve reading goals through a partnership with area schools and libraries.

The team’s connection to education is a natural one as more than 95 percent of players in the USHL, the nation’s only Tier 1 junior hockey league, receive NCAA Division I student-athlete opportunities. Currently, the Steel roster features 19 players committed to 14 different NCAA Division I schools across the country. Steel defenseman Owen Power currently attends Geneva High School and is committed to University of Michigan.

The Steel travel to Green Bay for a 7:05 p.m. matchup Friday against the Green Bay Gamblers before returning to Fox Valley Ice Arena Sunday, March 24 for a 3:05 p.m. faceoff against the Lincoln Stars. Sunday’s game is Daddy Daughter Princess Day featuring Rapunzel presented by Wausau Homes North Aurora as well as a Steel Family Pack as fans can purchase four tickets, hot dogs, sodas and chuck-a-pucks starting at just $48. Fans are invited to stick around after the game to Skate with the Steel.

Tickets to all Steel home games are on sale now starting at just $10 and stadium seating on the glass is available for just $20. Parking is always free. The Steel offer discounted tickets for groups.

For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit

Geneva Academic Foundation strives to provide students new educational experiences, ideas, and opportunities by funding grants for technology, services, programs and equipment for teachers, schools and classrooms throughout Geneva Community School District 304 grades K through 12. GAF has awarded more than $1,300,000 in grants since its founding in 1987. Grants have been given for GTV television studio equipment in Geneva High School, heart-rate monitors for elementary school physical education classes, multiple classroom Smartboards and standing desks, computers, software, document cameras, Starlab, microscopes, skeletons, books, reading aids, and many other items. In addition, the GAF annually funds two college scholarships for two Geneva High School seniors. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and an essay written by the student. For more information, visit

Founded in 1987, FONA International creates and produces flavors for many of the largest food, beverage, and nutritional companies in the world. It offers flavor solutions for the confection, grain, beverage, performance nutrition, and emerging markets from its state-of-the-art, 33-acre campus in Geneva, Ill. FONA’s seven core values drive it to pursue excellence and foster incredible partnerships. More than just great flavors – FONA provides complete market solutions.