The Rochester Americans announced that the team will collect toys for the Pirate Toy Fund this weekend as the Amerks take on the Hartford Wolf Pack on back-to-back nights at The Blue Cross Arena. The Amerks are in action on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:05 p.m. before meeting the Wolf Pack again on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 5:05 p.m. in the final game prior to the annual Christmas break.
Fans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys in the Pirate Toy Fund donation boxes in front of The Blue Cross Arena Box Office, located in the lower atrium, prior to the games. Any fan that donates a toy will receive a complimentary ticket voucher to the Amerks home game on Wednesday, Jan. 2 against Bridgeport.
The weekend’s games will be part of the Amerks’ “Home For The Holidays” Christmas celebration. The Amerks will wear festive Ugly Sweater-themed jerseys and matching socks on both nights against the Wolf Pack that will be auctioned off following Saturday’s game. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase the jerseys through a silent auction held during the game on the upper concourse of The Blue Cross Arena. Following the game, the winners of the auction will be able to take the ice and be presented with a “jersey off the back” from the Amerks players.
Friday’s game will feature an evening of great prizes and giveaways throughout the night as well as an appearance from former Amerk and Rochester native Brian Gionta, who will sign autographs pregame and meet with fans. Santa Claus will also be in attendance during both games of the weekend to pose for photos.
Founded in 1995, the Pirate Toy Fund collects and supplies new toys year-round to over 70 agencies that provide aid and comfort to thousands of children in need throughout the Greater Rochester region.