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Metro Area Ambulance and Bismarck Air Medical have planned a memorial fundraiser for the medical team who died Nov. 18 in a plane crash northwest of Mandan. 

A three-on-three hockey tournament and silent auction with a freewill lunch are set for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Starion Sports Complex in Mandan.

Metro paramedic Brooklyn Zenker and her fiance, Zac Winking, have helped spearhead the fundraiser. They said all proceeds will be divided among the families of nurse Bonnie Cook, paramedic Chris Iverson and pilot Todd Lasky, who died in the crash.

"The community has really come together," said Zenker, noting the range of items donated for the silent auction, including a knife set from HH Guns, a gun cleaning kit from Mandan Sporting Goods and apparel from various businesses. Private families also have donated items, such as a quilt, for auction. 

Nine teams had signed up for the hockey tournament as of Wednesday, Winking said. 

"I play hockey and I just thought a memorial tournament is a good way to bring people in and raise some money for the families," said Winking, adding that he and Zenker both knew Iverson fairly well.

Entry is $100 per team, with 15-minute games set up throughout Sunday. 

"As many teams as I can get, I'll make it work," Winking said.

Sunday's fundraiser also will include an open skate for children, with a game or two likely for adults and kids. 

"Something to keep the kids involved as well," Winking said. 

Interested persons may find more information on the Facebook event page for the Bismarck Air Medical Hockey Tournament Fundraiser. 

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-223-8482 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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