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Amerks honor military

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - The Rochester Americans will host their annual Military Appreciation Night this Friday, November 9 at the Blue Cross Arena.

The Amerks will host the Syracuse Crunch in a 7:05 p.m. face off. Proceeds from the game will support the programs of the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester.

VOC Development and Marketing Director Matt McGee and Amerks Host Erica Whyte discussed the event Thursday during News 8 at Noon.

"This is one of my favorite games of the entire season because everything is military-themed," said Whyte. "The Amerks will be wearing special military jerseys. They look like a Captain American jersey. They'll be auctioned off their backs and given to the highest bidders at the end of the game. We've got so many other awesome things happening within the arena itself. We've got Mystery Pucks, so they're signed by the Amerks and distributed for $10 in the upper concourse area. We've got t-shirt packages. For $30 you can get one of these awesome military t-shirts as well as a ticket to the night's game. It's a great reason for all of us to go out there and cheer on the Amerks and, of course, the great cause."

McGee said, "It's one of my favorite nights of the year. This is our fourth year that we're partnering with the Amerks to do this to honor the military and the community at large. The monies that come back to the VOC we see as a bonus, but those monies help support the work that we do in the community."

There will be lots of ways for fans to engage with the VOC and honor the different military branches. In addition, the Rochester Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff's Office will have a presence at the game too. "The RPD will be there and the Sheriff's Office with tactical vehicles," said McGee. "We'll have a rappel member from RPD deliver the game puck. That's a fan favorite so we have to continue that and keep that going. And all five services branches will be represented at the ceremonial face off that night as well."

Whyte added, "If you are a member of the military, either active or retired, you are coming to the game absolutely free!" For more information, visit Amerks.com/military.


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