Now that the game has been played, the Gems are giving fans a chance to bid on one of the game-worn “camo” jerseys through a special online auction via ebay.com starting on January 10 and lasting one week. The auction link can be found at www.DaytonGems.com. The bidding for each jersey will begin at $150.
The first 13 jerseys will go on sale at noon on January 10 and the second set of 13 will go on sale at Noon on Wednesday, January 11. The bidding will last exactly one week for each jersey, with the first set ending on Tuesday, January 17 and the second set on Wednesday, January 18. The Gems are also offering free shipping on all jerseys for the winning bidders, or they can be picked up after the auction closes at the Gems main offices inside Hara Arena during normal business hours.
In addition to the game-worn jerseys, the Gems are also placing for bid three extra jerseys with no nameplate, with the winning bidder having the option of placing their own name on the back.
As part of the first annual “Salute to Beer League Hockey Night”, the proceeds raised from the online jersey auction will be donated to the charity of RUT Hockey’s choice; the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Founded in 1949, they are relentless in pursuit of their mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
This summer Clayton “Fudd” Rutan, a good friend and fan of Rut Hockey, lost his 7 year battle with leukemia. At the young age of 36 he was survived by his wife Jessica and two kids. RUT Hockey has dedicated their appearance in Dayton as well as the donation from the jersey auction proceeds to “Fudd”.
The Gems return home to the comfy confines of the historic Hara Arena when they host the Evansville IceMen on Cassano’s Italian Ice this Sunday afternoon at 4pm. Fans are invited to join the Gems after the game for a free postgame skate and the first 1,000 fans through the gates starting at 6pm will get a limited edition Gems poster.
Tickets are now available by calling the Gems ticket office at 275-7777 or by visiting www.DaytonGems.com. Discounted tickets are also available for groups of ten or more, and include special group perks.