We are saddened to announce the passing of Grandville High School Captain, Ryan Fischer, on Friday, March 7.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fischer family, his teammates, friends and fellow classmates. His sudden death has touched so many in the hockey community.
Ryan had been accepted at West Point, and was expected to join his Class of 2018 on July 2.
First off, let me say thank you for your generosity and support of Hockey has Heart and our efforts to support Matt Sorisho and his family. After 2+ months I can now say all of the HHH acknowledgement letters have been sent out either by email or the good ol’ USPS. If you don’t have what you need for your taxes by January 31, 2014, please let me know and I will respond immediately.
We filled a five inch three-ring binder with donation sheets – each sheet representing a donated item. Although the IRS guidelines dictate that we must acknowledge donations (either cash or merchandise) if they exceed $250, we tried to thank everyone for their support. Unfortunately during the rush email or street addresses were missing or incomplete. We’ve tried to find you searching the internet but you know who you are. You didn’t receive a thanks from us! We really appreciate the outpouring of support which reconfirms why we started Hockey has Heart in the first place. Hockey people really do care about each other – doesn’t matter if you play for the NHL or play on a youth or high school hockey team.
Now for a bit of free tax advice…oh boy, read this paragraph tongue in cheek! For those of you who purchased tickets for the event held for Matt Sorisho on November 20, 2013, you may deduct $70 as a charitable donation for each ticket. Items purchased through the live or silent auction are only tax deductible if the amount you paid exceeds the fair market value (FMV) of the item. For those whose bids exceeded $250 over FMV, you were mailed (either email or USPS) a letter for your taxes. Again some of you generous “high rollers” didn’t provide an email or mailing address when you attended the event but we had your credit cards on file! You were charged and received your merchandise. If you didn’t receive a tax letter and are unclear about your bid, feel free to call or email me. You can find my contact information in the about us tab on the HHH website.
Now for the disclaimer, “If you have any questions regarding the tax implications of your donation, please contact your tax professional.”
From all of us at Hockey has Heart, we thank you and wish you a happy, healthy and successful 2014.
Lucy Oakleaf, President
Peter Halash, 19, Captain of the 2012 Shamrocks of Detroit Catholic Central High School, was killed in a car crash on Jan. 5 in Kansas where he was living and playing hockey for the Topeka RoadRunners.
Peter had 20 points this season, scoring seven goals and 13 assists for his 21-11 team (second in the North American Hockey League South). The 6-foot, 180-pound forward played briefly with Tri-City before coming to Topeka in the 2012-13 season and scoring five goals with nine assists in 36 games.
Our hearts go out to Peter’s family, friends and teammates.