Pigs -N- Heat Charity Hockey Games

The Pigs -N- Heat Fire Relief Fund began in early 1984, when Marquette City Police Officer Larry Grimsby and Michigan State Trooper Dave Rotteman approached Marquette City Firefighter Dan Dagenais, hoping to find a way to raise money to assist a family with three young children whose home had just been lost to fire. Since Marquette is home to the Northern Michigan University Wildcats (NCAA Division I hockey team), and a large number of hockey fans, a benefit hockey game seemed a logical choice.

In 1984, the first game was played at NMUs PEIF building. The event drew five hundred people and raised $1,700.00. Because of its great success, the game was moved to the Lakeview Arena.

Today, the Pigs -N- Heat game draws between 3,000 and 4,500 people, raising approximately $10,000-$14,000. The 2010 game had total ticket sales of over $17,500.00. Support for the program is shown by various Marquette County merchants who donate hundreds of items to be given away as door prizes.

Since its inception, the Pigs -N- Heat Fire Relief Fund has generated more than $336,000.00. More than $240,000.00 has been distributed to Marquette County families who suffered losses due to fire. The fund pays for three (3) nights of lodging in a motel and a check ($500 or more, depending on family size) to help the family start over.

Support for the Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund has grown over the years, now including participation representing fire departments from the cities of Marquette, Negaunee, and Ishpeming; as well as the townships of Marquette, Chocolay, Sands, Skandia/West Branch, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Richmond, Forsyth, Republic, Powell, Michigamme, Wells, Champion and Republic.

Participation from local police departments includes: Marquette City , Marquette County Sheriff, Michigan State Police, Negaunee, Northern Michigan University Public Safety, Ishpeming and the Department of Corrections.

Although police and fire department support has been great, it is the overwhelming community support and participation that make the Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund Tournament so successful.

The Pigs N- Heat game is played each year in early to mid March.

For Ticket Information or Donation Opportunities Call:

Marquette City Police Department (906) 228-0400


Marquette City Fire Department (906) 228-0410