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River Rats 4th Annual Ronald McDonald House Jersey Auction Saturday

February 5, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) Albany River Rats

The Albany River Rats announced today the details surrounding the Fourth Annual Ronald McDonald House Charity Jersey Auction, which will be held at the conclusion of the team's 5:00 p.m. home game against the Springfield Falcons on Saturday, February 6th.

The jersey auction will begin approximately 10 minutes after the game, which also features a special appearance by Nickelodeon's Spongebob Squarepants. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will also be on hand in front at the Times Union Center, providing free pediatric health services and oral cancer screenings.

Following the game, all fans interested in participating in the jersey auction will be invited to the seats directly behind the River Rats bench. The fan with the winning bid on each jersey will be invited onto the ice to receive it from the River Rats player who wore it during the game. The auctions have raised over $60,000 during the previous three events, with just shy of $23,000 being raised in last year's auction.

Any fans that cannot make it to the game, but are still interested in bidding on the one-of-a-kind jerseys can download and fill out an official bid form, by clicking here or on the "Ronald McDonald House Charity Jersey Auction" window on the www.abanyriverrats.com splash page Ronald McDonald Care Mobile services are provided in a 40-foot long, 8-foot wide, state-of-the-art vehicle built specifically for delivering pediatric health care services. Each vehicle includes two patient examination rooms, a laboratory and reception and medical records areas. Staffed with pediatric specialist volunteers, each Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides cost-effective, high-quality medical, dental and health education services to underserved children in rural and urban areas around the world. Within the United States, volunteers also help eligible families enroll in federally assisted health insurance initiatives such as "Insure Kids Now." Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc. provides comfort, support and respite for families of seriously ill children in a compassionate and home-like environment through the operation of the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald House Family Room in the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center. In addition, Ronald McDonald House Charities operates The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in partnership with St. Peter's Health Care Services and also awards grants to program in the community that enhance the lives of children. The Ronald McDonald regional chapter supports a house on Lake Avenue in Albany, just blocks from the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

The River Rats travel to Binghamton today for a 7:05 p.m. match-up with the Senators, before retuning to the Times Union Center on Saturday night for a 5:00 p.m. tilt against the Atlantic Division's Springfield Falcons, followed by the team's annual Ronald McDonald House Charity Jersey Auction.

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