Nicola Minarikova, Michal Kempny’s girlfriend, announced that Stick Together auctions conducted by the Washington Capitals, Vegas Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning, Arizona Coyotes, and New York Rangers raised over $100,000 for coronavirus charities.
Nicola was behind the concept of the auction after initially wanting to individually put up Kempny’s stick for auction.
“I was thinking that I had to do something,” Nicola said in an interview. “I wanted to look back at this crisis one day thinking that I did something good.”
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Here’s some great news to start your day with: the #sticktogether auction, created & organized by Nikola Minarikova, raised over $100,000 for local charities in all the participating cities. In Washington the auction raised over $40,000! This fundraiser brought five @nhl organizations together in an effort to combat hunger and support frontline workers in their communities. Thanks to the athletes for contributing and the fans for donating! (🎥: @m.a.r.m.e.l.a.d.a)
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“Hi, everyone,” Nicola said. “I just want to say quick thank you to everybody who participated in Stick Together auction. We did so so well and I’m really happy about it.”
The Capitals’ Stick Together auction raised $43,715, earning significant bids for game-used sticks of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby, and Tom Wilson. The top auction items included a 2018 Stanley Cup team signed jersey and a team-signed stick.
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Star players around the league such as Artemi Panarin and Henrik Lundqvist participated.
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