Patrik Levesque (l) and Mitch McColm (r) modeling the Mallards' St. Patrick's Day jerseys
The Quad City Mallards will wear special edition St. Patrick’s Day jerseys when they take on the Bloomington Blaze Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at the i wireless Center and those jerseys will go up for bid in a live auction immediately following the game to benefit Genesis Outpatient Rehabilitation.
This marks the second time this season the Mallards and the Genesis Health Services Foundation will team for a game worn jersey auction. Proceeds from Friday night’s auction will go toward the purchase of new equipment for brain and spinal cord injury patients.
"We've been looking forward to this event. We think the jersey theme will make the jerseys attractive to fans and Mallards fans have always responded to these auctions,'' said Ken Croken, vice president of corporate communications and marketing, Genesis Health System. "We continue to be amazed by the support and generosity of Mallards fans. They know the proceeds go to a good cause and they respond accordingly. We're very grateful for their support.''
In January, an auction of Mallards retro jerseys marking the fifteenth anniversary of the team’s back-to-back 1997 and 1998 championships raised $21,500 for the Genesis Flu-Free QC program. Over the past 18 years, Mallards jersey auctions have raised nearly $700,000 to benefit Genesis Health System Charities.
“We’re very grateful that we have another opportunity this season to work together with Genesis to raise funds for such a vital cause,” said Mallard president Bob McNamara. “In January our fans yet again showed the tremendous generosity that has made Mallard jersey auctions so successful over the years and we’re excited to be able to provide this opportunity for them to demonstrate that community spirit again.”
The white St. Patrick’s Day jerseys feature a pair of shamrocks on both the front and back and are stylishly trimmed in the green and orange that are a part of the Mallards’ existing color scheme.
Friday evening’s game is also a $1 Dog, $1 Beer College Night- hot dogs and beer will be available to all fans for just $1 at i wireless Center concession stands during that game. In addition, tickets to Friday’s game are available at the i wireless Center box office for just $10 to college students with a valid student I.D. Tickets for Friday’s tilt- as well as seats for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- can also be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, through www.ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by- phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000. The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.
About Genesis Health System
Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a full continuum of health care services. Genesis Health System’s affiliates include: acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and at Illini Campus in Silvis, and Genesis Medical Center, Aledo in Illinois; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living facilities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with more than 170 primary care physicians and specialists; a Family Practice Residency program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment. Partners include the Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley, Genesis Imaging Centers and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport. Genesis Health System serves a 10-county area of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Genesis also manages Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. For more information, visit www.genesishealth.com.
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