Michigan Participates in "Auction for America" to Benefit Terror Victims; Governor Donates Red Wings Jersey and MSU Hockey Stick

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

October 12, 2001

Governor John Engler announced today that items donated by governors across the nation will go up for bid on Monday in the "Auction for America" sponsored by eBay. Michigan's contribution includes a 1996-1997 Red Wings championship jersey personalized for Governor Engler and a Michigan State University hockey stick autographed by Coach Ron Mason.

Governor Engler's personalized Red Wings jersey

"I urge every Michigan citizen to donate and to bid on items in this auction," said Governor Engler. "The 'Auction for America' truly shows the spirit of America – the goodness and charity that makes our nation a beacon of hope for the world."

Launched on September 17th by New York Governor George Pataki and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, "Auction for America" is eBay's initiative to allow people from around the world to buy and sell goods online to raise money for the victims of the September 11th attacks. The goal is to raise $100 million in 100 days.

All fees are waived and all of the proceeds will go to charity, including the September 11th Fund and the Twin Towers Fund.

Items donated by Michigan Governor John Engler include:

  • Michigan State Jacket, size XL. This fall weather jacket is ideal for the true Spartan fan. The front features the monogram J.M.E. personalized for Governor John Engler; the back reads "Michigan State".
  • Michigan State Autographed Hockey Stick. An autographed Hockey Stick signed by the legendary Michigan State Coach Ron Mason, memorializing the CCHA championship season of 2000.
  • Hand-stitched Bear. A cuddly and cute hand-stitched teddy bear. The Bear's jacket features "Gov. Engler" on the pocket.
  • Oklahoma Sooners National Championship Ball Autographed by Coach Bob Stoops. A special edition National Championship Football hand signed by Sooner Head Coach Bob Stoops. This is ideal for any Sooner fan!
  • 1996-1997 Red Wings Championship Jersey. A special edition Red Wings championship jersey given to Governor John Engler.

Go to www.eBay.com to either donate or bid on items in the "Auction for America."