Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Sports memoribila being auctioned off to help WWII Veterans

  • Press release from the Kansas Star Casino.
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  • MULVANE, Kan. – Celebrate this weekend's big game by getting a piece of sports history. Starting at noon on Friday, the Kansas Star Casino is holding a silent auction, with nearly 50 items signed by football's biggest legends. A portion of all the proceeds will go the Kansas Honor Flight, helping WWII Veterans make the trip to Washington DC to see the World War II Memorial.
    "It is only through generous donations from a grateful public that Kansas Honor Flight is able to arrange for this memorable trip for our WWII heroes," said Mike VanCampen, President of the Kansas Honor Flight. "When businesses and organizations step up and help us accomplish this task, the real winners are those men and women who did so much for our country 70 years ago."
    A few of the items up for bid include signed jerseys from Peyton Manning, Joe Montana and Aaron Rodgers; autographed footballs from Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice; and signed photos of Bo Jackson, Trent Green and Larry Johnson. Bidding begins at noon on February 1st and will be open until 5:00 pm on February 3rd. All items are on display on the casino floor.
    "It's really neat to walk around the floor and see some of the biggest names to ever play football," said Scott Cooper, Kansas Star Casino General Manager. "It's even better that these items will help send worthy World War II veterans on a trip they've more than earned."
    "Kansas Honor Flight is planning on six trips during 2013," adds VanCampen. "Volunteers from across Kansas are working to make this happen with the support provided by contributions."
    Customers must be 21 or older to bid. Anyone enrolled in the Voluntary Exclusion Program is not eligible.
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