River Forest church hosts Stanley Cup photo opportunity fundraiser

July 22, 2013 (RIVER FOREST, Ill.)

Some call it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"You never know if it's gonna happen again, so it's just really exciting," said Shawna Dudovitz, who came to see the cup.

"We were both like, number one, and then it was amazing!" said Eva Latz, who got her picture with the Stanley Cup.

So you can imagine the response when a member of the First Presbyterian Church in River Forest, who happens to work for the Blackhawks organization, decided to bring it here for a meet and greet.

"You just want to try and give back, to people that have been good to you, your friends and everything," said Troy Parchman, Blackhawks equipment manager.

For a $25 donation visitors could have a professional pic snapped standing next to the cup.

From babies to grownups, the excitement was shared by close to 2,000 people.

"It was so so cool, I mean, I hit my face on the cup, but you know, beginners luck I guess," Roxanne Dudovitz, who saw the Stanley Cup.

Some made sure they didn't miss it.

"I offered a $300 donation to the church," said Mark Dudovitz, who saw the Stanley Cup.

The money donated here on Monday, over $12,000, will help ministries around the community in addition to ministries the church already helps.

If you didn't get a chance to take your picture with the Stanley Cup on Monday, the First Presbyterian Church in River Forest is actually going to be auctioning off Hawks memorabilia signed by Hawks players on Tuesday.

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