Amerks prepare to honor military

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - The Rochester Americans hockey team will partner once again with the Veterans Outreach Center to recognize members of the military this Friday, November 17 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

The Amerks will host Hartford in a 7:05 p.m. game on Military Appreciation Night.

Laura Stradley, the Executive Director of the Veterans Outreach Center, and Erica Whyte, the Communications Coordinator and in game Host for the Amerks, discussed the event Tuesday during News 8 at Noon.

"This is just an opportunity for us to say thank you to the men and women that do so much to keep our country safe," said Whyte. "The first 5,000 people that get there are going to be getting special military Amerks dog tag necklaces and as always, our Amerks will be wearing these amazing military themed jerseys!"

The jerseys will be auctioned off with a portion of the proceeds going to the VOC. Members of the military, both active and retired, can obtain a complimentary ticket to the game. Everyone else can receive an Amerks military t-shirt and ticket for $30. Individual game tickets will also be sold.

"We're so glad to be able to partner with the Amerks as we have for many years now," said Stradley. "We are the oldest Outreach Center in the country. We've been around for more than 44 years and we provide services to veterans and their families for a whole host of things along the lines of wellness therapy, peer support programs, employment and training, housing for veterans who are experiencing homelessness, housing support for those who are at risk for homelessness and many other things."

Military members can get their free tickets, click here.

To submit a military photo for the Amerks video board, click here.

There will be military themed Amerks pucks for purchase. The Blue Star Mothers will also be on hand in the main concourse of the arena to collect donation items to care packages which will be sent to local U.S. military service members currently deployed overseas. Suggested items to donate include Q-tips, lip balm, toothpaste/brushes, dental floss, beef jerky, sugarless gum/candy, granola bars, shampoo/body wash (travel size), sunscreen, peanuts and popcorn.

Veterans in our community looking for services or assistance are encouraged to reach out to the Veterans Outreach Center, click here

 

 


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