Jackals Raise $14,200 On Domestic Violence Awarenesss Night
ELMIRA (WENY) -- The Elmira Jackals may have lost their hockey game on Saturday night, but they scored a big win in the fight against Domestic Violence.
The Jackals held Domestic Violence Awareness night at the arena. The game was in memory of Kelley Stage Clayton - who was the victim in the murder for hire case orchestrated by her husband, former Jackal Thomas Clayton.
After the game, the jackals auctioned off their special jerseys. They raised $14,200, and all of the money was donated to Kelley's family.
Before the game, Kelley's sister Kim made a speech - thanking the community for their support. Kelley's children participated in the ceremonial puck drop to start the game.
The totals are still being calculated but officials with the organization say they are expecting a high jump, anticipating bringing in $20,000, all dedicated to the Stage family.
"Kelley was a big part of this community and a big part of the Jackals community, obviously with her husband playing here for a number of years. So we just wanted to have an impact and have our role as they continue to try to heal as a family and move forward and help the kids out," says Lukas Favale, Broadcaster and Media Relations Coordinator.
There is still one more gray and purple jersey left which will be auctioned off on Friday before the game. The family will be presented with a grand total check during that time, as well.
Kelley's husband, former Jackal player Thomas Clayton, hired a man to kill her in September of 2015.