Allen, TexasThe 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

The ECHL cancelled the 2019-20 season effective Monday, March 16, 2020, whereby over 600 players were advised to return to their home territory, many of them losing the opportunity to earn additional salary and playoff bonuses. All players and their families will receive health insurance through June 30, however the unplanned cancellation of the season will affect certain players harder than others during these uncertain times. The ECHL-PHPA COVID-19 Relief Fund will be administered by directors from both organizations to ensure funds are disbursed to Players accordingly.
“From the on-set of the reality to determine to cancel the 2019-20 Season, we knew that all parties would need to work together to get through this pandemic,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. “The creation of this fund is one of the next steps in coming together to help our Players that are in the most need at this time.”
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