The Colgate women's hockey team kick-off weekend for its 2012 Autism Awareness Project that was held on Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4 was a success. The Raiders held their annual Light Up Starr Rink Blue event on Friday, Feb. 3 and wore special autism awareness jerseys designed by 11-year-oldChristian Mastin both their games against Union and Rensselaer last weekend. So far, the team has raised $8,334.50 since the launch on Friday, through raffle tickets, the player puzzle fundraiser and donations at theLight Up Starr Rink Blue event. In addition to the raffle and the player puzzle fundraiser, the team will continue to raise money through its online auction that will close on Feb. 18. PLAYER PUZZLE FUNDRAISER Each player has created their own individual online puzzle on the Web site for Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization. Fans can purchase a piece of a player's puzzle for just $10 and help supportAutism Speaks U. These digital puzzle pieces can be sent to family, friends and supporters of the Colgate women's hockey to help put the pieces together and raise money for autism research. To purchase puzzle pieces, or for more information about the project and its events, please visitwww.colgate.edu/autism. RAFFLE AND AUCTION The Colgate men's and women's hockey teams are hosting a raffle and auction that will begin on Feb. 3 and end on Feb. 18 to benefitGoals for Goodand theAutism Awareness Project. Fans can purchase raffle tickets in the lobby outside of Starr Rink for five dollars each during men's and women's hockey home contests, and can bid for auction items atauction.colgateraiders.com. With the raffle, fans can select which raffle item they want to play for. Winners of both the raffle and auction items will be notified on Feb. 20. Raffle items include a Syracuse Crunch signed jersey, a Jim Craig 1980 USA signed personalized jersey, a voucher for one pair of Bauer APX skates, gift baskets from the Colgate Inn and Bookstore, and a Bauer Autism Speaks stick signed by the men's and women's hockey teams, to name a few. The live online auction will also take place from Feb. 3 until Feb. 18. Auction items include the Colgate women's hockey autism awareness jerseys, signed sticks by Ryan Kessler and Eric Stahl, signed NHL jerseys, a signed NBA jersey, and a Jim Craig 1980 USA signed personalized jersey. All proceeds will be split between Goals for Good and the Colgate women's hockey Autism Awareness Project.