The Colorado Avalanche and Kroenke Sports Charities raised $107,190 in their Boulder Strong Auction, and all of the proceeds will go to the Colorado Healing Fund to support the needs of victims, families and the community affected by the Boulder Tragedy on March 22.
Most of the amount came from bids on the special-made, No. 10 Avalanche third jerseys with the words "Boulder Strong" on the nameplate. The team wore the sweaters during warmup on March 25 prior to its game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Ball Arena in honor of the 10 people that died in the mass shooting at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder earlier that week. Each sweater was signed by the player that wore it during warmup.
In addition to the one-of-a-kind jerseys, others autographed items from the Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rapids and Colorado Mammoth were also up for auction. A team-signed Avalanche "Boulder Strong" sweater finished with the highest closing bid of $10,025.
The auction ran from Monday, March 29 to Thursday, April 1.
"The proceeds received from the auction hosted by Kroenke Sports, the Avalanche, the Nuggets and the Mammoth will do so much to support the survivors, the victims' families, and the community affected by the Boulder Supermarket Tragedy," said Jordan Finegan, Executive Director of the Colorado Healing Fund. "We are so thankful for the generosity of the individuals who participated in this event. The proceeds will help support everything from immediate travel needs to long term mental health services. On behalf of everyone touched by The Colorado Healing Fund, we are humbled by this outpouring of support."
The Avs wore their third jerseys during warmup because they are Colorado inspired with a triangular-mountain design in the middle that represents the state's topography and has the letter 'C' in the crest, similar to the one on the state flag.
The Colorado Healing Fund provides a secure way to donate to victims of mass violence that are in need of immediate and long-term support. The Fund provides the safest way for people to donate in times of tragedy, ensuring that the funds go to the victims and their families by working directly with the service organizations and victim advocates. To learn more, go to https://www.coloradohealingfund.org/.