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WF Hockey Gun Raffle Sells Out with Big Crowd

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West Fargo Hockey members say they're putting national controversy over gun laws aside to focus on the youth of their community.

The West Fargo Hockey Association held its second annual gun raffle tonight.

With thousands in attendance, Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman shows us why so many came out to show their support.

The West Fargo hockey gun raffle is growing bigger each year.

"We had 4,000 tickets available and those tickets, once they hit the press, were sold in a matter of two weeks," Mike Prochnow, West Fargo Hockey Board Member, said as about 1,200 people lined up outside the doors of the event.

That's 3,500 more tickets sold than last year. And even that wasn't hard to do.

"I would say there's three event you have to do in Fargo: the marathon, this event and you gotta fill sandbags," Jeff Brown, parent of a hockey player, said after he browsed silent auction tables.

But supporters say they're not just scrambling over one of these 200 guns up for grabs.

"There's a lot of prizes that they're interested in," LuAnne Peterson, another parent, said. "And I think there's just a big push to support our kids in the association, too."

"New Ice. That's all this money is for. We want to build another rink," Prochnow said.

With 400 young hockey players and two rinks available, this money means relief for many families.

"They have a lot of different, varied practice schedules, whether it be early or late. And when you're trying to fit that in with schooling, it's kind of hard when they're practicing until 9:00 PM," Peterson said of her kids in the programs.

So, while few will go home empty handed, the real winners are the kids who haven't had a chance to play yet.

"Hockey's an expensive sport, and we like to keep it cheap for the kids- as cheap as we can," Prochnow said.

Ticket sales alone made about $80,000 this year. Board members say they'd like to hold a gun raffle and banquet each year with a goal of raising $100,000 a year.

They say a new sheet of ice would cost $7 million.

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