How to get in on the action? All the information you need is posted on the Internet at www.bearstrainingcamp.info/auction.cgi. Minimum bids start at from $150-$200 for each of the ten players, with the winner of each player's jersey notified when bidding has ended.
What do you receive for your online donation? Each successful Tier 1 package bidder will receive a pass for two fans that will include VIP access to Olivet Appreciation Day, to be held August 14,along with early admission to the event for a better chance to obtain player autographs. There will also be 20 minutes of sideline pre-practice access without autographs. VIP parking is included and each VIP Tier 1 fan in attendance will receive an official training camp mug and t-shirt.
But wait-there's more. Successful bidders and their guest will also enjoy a lunch buffet with unlimited soft drinks as well as a voucher for a breakfast combo meal and a lunch combo meal at any Kankakee County McDonalds' restaurant. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Olivet Nazarene University, host of the Bears training camp.
"This is something that we are really looking forward to," said Gary Griffen, Olivet's training camp coordinator. "The Bears historically have hosted an annual event to benefit the school where training camp is held. We greatly appreciate the fact that the Bears organization and Kankakee County McDonalds restaurants have provided Olivet with this opportunity to raise funds for the school."
For those who are interested in the Tier ll VIP tickets to Olivet Appreciation Day, a $150 donation will include early admission to the event; VIP parking; an autographed shirt from one of 25 players selected in the Tier ll drawing; exclusive elevated seating in the Olivet Nazarene VIP area; and an official training camp souvenir T-shirt and mug.
Tier ll patrons will also receive a lunch buffet with soft drinks at the event, and a voucher for a breakfast combo meal and a lunch combo meal at any Kankakee County McDonalds restaurant.
Tickets for the Tier ll package are limited to a total of 25 and are selling quickly.
"Each of these autographed shirts for the Tier ll level will be selected in a random drawing as the fan enters the event area," Griffen said. "This is a wonderful package that offers exclusive player access and wonderful souvenirs of the day."
Tier lll level seating has sold out, but general admission will be available at the event at $3 per adult and $2 for students.
"This is the only training camp event of the summer for which fans pay a fee," Griffen said. "All other sessions during training camp will be held at no cost to the fans in attendance."
More information on the ticket packages can be found at www.bearstrainingcamp.info/appreciationday.html.