Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans (ECHL) are announcing creation of a new interactive auction to aid the North Texas community during the current COVID-19 health crisis.
Through the Americans’ ZOOM TM Experience Auction, the Americans’ will be driving financial support to both the the Allen Public Safety Recovery Fund, a foundation established to provide benefits to Allen police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who are injured in the line of duty, and the ECHL Player Relief Fund .
“Throughout our 11-year existence in Allen the Community has been a bedrock of support for our Championship Tradition” says newly named Team President Mike Waddell. “During one of my first ZOOM calls with our staff, the group was emphatic that we needed to get involved in helping folks who are struggling with the impact of COVID-19. This auction initiative is another direct result of our team coming together to give back and help make a difference. I am thankful to our staff, and our group of committed corporate partners who are a part of this additional ‘Relief Line” to the North Texas area.”
The Allen Public Safety Recovery Fund was established by the Allen Chamber of Commerce when Allen Police Sergeant Scott White was shot while conducting a routine traffic stop. His injuries were extensive and he required lengthy medical care and physical therapy before he could resume his duties. Because it became necessary for Officer White’s wife to leave her job to care for him as he recovered, the family suffered financial hardship. With Officer White’s case clearly demonstrating the need for such a fund, the Allen Public Safety Recovery Fund, now continues on as a 501 (c)3 corporation, governed by a board of directors. These directors are citizens of Allen, dedicated to assisting in the financial emergencies of our Public safety Personnel.
ZOOM ™ Experience Auction
Starting Tuesday, April 21st and running through the end of May, Allen Americans players, Ice Angels and ECHL GM of the Year Steve Martinson will be donating their “virtual time” where fans can bid on exclusive ZOOM Interview Sessions. Weekly Auctions will feature a variety of “Virtual Experiences”, including 20-minute ZOOM TM video chats with Americans’ Personalities. Each virtual session will be moderated by the “Voice of the Americans’, Tommy Daniels, and each auction package will include surprise elements that will increase the memory value for the winning bidder.
Americans’ corporate partners Jimmy John’s and Taco Casa are joining the team in providing added value to each experience, while Biscuit The Bulldog will join in the fun with select deliveries to winners located in the Metroplex.
These auctions will begin on Wednesday, April 22 and will be the first to be staged on the Americans’ new Online Auction Platform with Plano-based DASH Auction. To access the auction, you may click directly to https://web.dashapp.io/auctions/allenamericans or go to AllenAmericans.com and click on the AUCTIONS button on the main page. To download the DASH Auction app, go to www.dashapp.io/fans
Here is the schedule of for the Allen Americans’ COVID 19 Relief Auctions;
Wednesday, April 22
Steve Martinson, Americans’ Head Coach/GM, 2019-20 ECHL GM of the Year, benefitting Allen Public Safety Recovery Fund
Tuesday, April 28
Gary Steffes (@gsteffes22) , the only player with a retired number in team history, benefitting Allen Public Safety Recovery Fund
Tuesday, May 5
Spencer Asuchak (@srasuchak), the longest tenured player in team history, benefitting the ECHL Player Relief Fund
Tuesday, May 12
Alex Breton (@alex7breton),2019-20 ECHL Defenseman of the Year, benefitting the ECHL Player Relief Fund
Tuesday, May 19
Ice Angels (@allen_iceangels), benefitting Allen Public Safety Recovery Fund
Tuesday, May 26
Tyler Sheehy (@tsheehy22), 2019-20 ECHL Rookie of the Year, benefitting the ECHL Player Relief Fund
ECHL Player Relief Fund
The ECHL and Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) created the ECHL Player Relief Fund to assist ECHL players and their families suffering a financial hardship following the sudden and unexpected cancellation of the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Relief Fund directly may do so through the following campaign platform: https://www.echl.com/covid19relieffund