The Atlanta Thrashers, Athletes Against Autism and the Mellanby Autism Foundation hosted their second annual Autism Awareness Night at the Thrashers game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 3, at Philips Arena. Ticket sales, a special meet-and-greet opportunity, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction helped raise more than $9,000 for the fight against autism.
The silent auction featured game-used equipment from Athletes Against Autism founding member and Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby, star Ilya Kovalchuk and many other players who supported the night. Volunteers walked the arena before and during the game selling 50/50 raffle tickets to supporters looking to lend a hand.
The crowd was witness to a special PSA from Scott Mellanby, highlighting the most recent information about autism. In addition, Athletes Against Autism supporter and passionate Thrashers fan Michael Greenberg had the opportunity to ride the Zamboni before the game, while other supporters enjoyed watching warm-ups up close and personal from the penalty box.
A portion of the proceeds from all tickets purchased through a special flier was donated in support of autism research. Scott Mellanby also hosted a group of generous donors that helped to support the evening and enjoyed the game from a luxury suite.
This was one of many Autism Awareness Nights that Athletes Against Autism has coordinated with professional sports teams across the country. For more information on events coming to your city, special opportunities and how you can get involved, please click here.