In 2010 the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame held their first ever All-Star Online Charity Auction. Fans bid on eBay for trips, game packages, memorabilia and one of a kind experiences with Hall of Famers, over 30 of whom donated their time to make the event a huge success.
The list of participating legends included Gordie Howe, Kirk Gibson, Joe Schmidt, Vinnie Johnson, Dick Enberg, Ted Lindsay, Willie Horton, Billy Sims, Greg Kelser, Lem Barney, Mickey Lolich, George Perles and Alan Trammell, as well as local media personalities like Jim Brandstatter, Dan Miller, Eli Zaret, Sean Baligian, Tom Leyden, and Mike "Stoney" Stone.
Over $30,000 was raised for the Hall and the Dave Bing Scholarship Fund. It was such a great event for everyone involved that we are considering doing it again in 2011. Join our Facebook Fan Page and follow us on Twitter for all the information when it becomes available.
Here are images of some of the winners enjoying their experiences.
Red Wings Brain Trust Dinner at Andiamo's in Livonia with Ken Holland, Mike Babcock, Chris Chelios and Ryan Martin
The four auction winners with Mike Babcock, Ken Holland, Ryan Martin and Chris Chelios.
"I want to sincerely thank you for an experience that my friends and I will never forget. An interactive opportunity such as the Red Wings Brain Trust Dinner was certainly a once in a lifetime experience and something that just can't be duplicated. Everything was handled professionally and with a touch of class. If there is anything I can do to support the MI Sports Hall of Fame, please let me know."
- Mike, Red Wings Brain Trust auction winner
Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Chairman Scott Lesher with Ryan Martin, Mike Babcock, Chris Chelios and two of the auction winners.
The King of Crisler: Behind the Scenes with Michigan Basketball
Auction winners on the court at Crisler Arena during warm-ups.
Time for the tip!
Postgame press conference with our two winners after the win over the Golden Grizzlies.
Fox 2 Sunday Night Sportsworks Sit-In with Dan Miller
The two auction winners with Dan Miller, Pat Caputo and Sean Baligian.
Breaking News from our auction winners.
Behind the Scenes with the Red Wings
Our winners in the tunnel outside the Red Wings locker room. They also got to meet Michigan Sports Hall of Famers Gordie Howe and Budd Lynch as well as Chris Osgood, Ken Holland, Ken Kal and Paul Woods.
In the Red Wings booth with Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond. Bingo bango, gang!