The entire San Jose Sharks organization did not stand idly by and joined the rest of the U.S. and world in lending assistance to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Without any home games to run relief programs, the Sharks teamed up with some local radio stations by offering once-in-a-lifetime prize packages that included a suite night at a game.
KNBR, 680 AM established Tuesday, September 6 as their silent auction day. Sports fans entered bids on line vying for prize packages for the Giants, Raiders, Warriors, A's and others. While most packages were similar in design (game experience with various perks), your favorite team in Teal's package tied for the highest bid--$10,000. That figure was nearly one-fifth of the entire auction total of $52,000.
The winning bidder received a 12-person suite at the Oct. 12 home opener vs. Columbus as well as parking and catered food. Twelve t-shirts, a visit from S.J. Sharkie and Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson, along with some additional perks rounded out the package.
On Thursday, September 8, Sharks Defenseman Scott Hannan and Center Mark Smith teamed up with the "Bill and Marla Morning Show" from Mix 106.5 FM and members of the local community to raise money for victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Also on hand to help raise money for the cause were Craig Waibel and Eddie Robinson of the San Jose Earthquakes and comedian/actor Bob Saget. The event was held at Sonoma Chicken Coop located in downtown Campbell.
As part of the fundraiser, Hannan and Smith challenged Waibel and Robinson to a friendly yet competitive game of foosball which was eventually won by the San Jose Earthquakes. To help with the fund-raising, the Sharks organization donated a President's Suite Night Package which included 15 tickets in the president's suite to an upcoming Sharks game, parking passes, food and beverage, a signed Sharks jersey. The package raised $3,000. In total, the event raised more nearly $30,000 for Katrina Relief.
Think back to the KNBR auction for a moment. The other highest bid package (also for $10,000) was for the Earthquakes experience-one fully-catered luxury suite for 21 people for the MLS Western Conference Semi-Final playoff game.
The entire Sharks organization would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the winners of our auction prizes as well as anybody else who contributed in whatever fashion to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.