Feb 8, 2024

The Rochester Americans and Veterans Outreach Center have once again partnered to host Military Salute Night on Friday, Feb. 16 when the Amerks face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial.




“We are so excited to celebrate another amazing year of friendship with the Rochester Americans,” said Veterans Outreach Center Executive Director and U.S. Army Veteran Laura Heltz. “VOC engages daily with local veterans who have made great sacrifices in serving our nation. It is a testament to the Amerks organization that they want to recognize those sacrifices and honor these courageous men and women by hosting an evening like Military Salute.”


“The entire staff and players alike take an interest in getting involved in our community and engage with both VOC and those we serve directly. It is truly wonderful that the organization makes themselves so accessible.”


Before the game, the first 1,000 fans will receive minitature U.S. flags. Fans are also encouraged to stop by the “Valentine’s For Vets” table, outside section 114, to design a card that will be given to local veterans.


“It is always an honor for the Rochester Americans to partner with Veterans Outreach Center to host what has become our annual salute to the military,” said Amerks Interim Vice President of Business Operations Chad Buck. “This is an event we take great pride in hosting each year as it gives us another opportunity to show our immense gratitude for the brave men and women in our community and abroad who have served or are currently serving our country.”



The Amerks will again wear special patriotic jerseys and matching socks as a tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase the game-worn jerseys through an online auction on DASH, a sports-focused online auction platform and partner of the Rochester Americans. 




To access the auction, visit or text “DASH” to 66866, click on the download link and install DASH on your mobile device. Fans can then create their own personal profile and select the Amerks as their favorite team to start bidding.


The auction opens on Monday, February 12 at 10 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. on Friday, February 16. Winners will be contacted directly. Proceeds from the jersey auction will be donated to Veterans Outreach Center.


The Amerks are offering all United States Military Veterans, Retired, Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard service members one complimentary ticket to the game. Veterans and Military Members can pick up their tickets for the game at Veterans Outreach Center, located at 447 South Ave. in downtown Rochester.


Fans can show their support by choosing from one of three Military Salute Donation Packs to help provide tickets to families of active or retired Military Members for the game on Friday, Feb. 16. Packages range in price from $300 to $1,000 and include in-game recognition on the videoboard as well as team-signed merchandise. Packages can be purchased up until Thursday, Feb. 15 with all tickets being donated back to Veterans Outreach Center.


Ticket Package Ticket Allotment Benefits

Red Package: $350

15 tickets donated to VOC Recognition in-game on the videoboard

White Package: $500

25 tickets donated to VOC Recognition in-game on the videoboard and player-signed item

Blue Package: $1000

50 tickets donated to VOC Recognition in-game on the videoboard, team-signed item, and 10 tickets to the Party Deck for a mutually-agree


Veterans Outreach Center is again the season-long sponsor of the Amerks “Hometown Heroes” program, which provides a pair of complimentary tickets to a United States Military Veteran, Retired, Active Duty, Reserve and National Guardservice member as well as any law enforcement officials, first responders, fire fighters and EMS personnel at every home game. 




Founded locally in 1973 by returning Vietnam veterans, today’s Veterans Outreach Center remains anchored in our community and offers a comprehensive portfolio of supportive services designed to meet the needs of veterans and their families. Through the generosity of our community, all of these programs and services are provided free of charge. Veterans Outreach Center provides comprehensive resources to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through direct service, community collaboration, and advocacy. Veterans Outreach Center’s vision is to “Be the Nation's best provider of community-centered supportive services for veteran families.

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