Chicago Blackhawks' Memorabilia Auction Moved Online; Star Of Saugatuck To Adjust Rates
In an attempt to allow broader participation, the Chicago Blackhawks’ memorabilia auction will be held on line, at a later date, instead of on board the Star of Saugatuck during the September 5th Stanley Cup Boat Parade.
The technological complexity of taking bids during the auction from interested buyers who are unable to join the cruise prompted organizers to seek an alternative method of auctioning off autographed items from the personal collection of Blackhawks’ Coach Paul Goodman and his wife Susan.
According to Felicia Fairchild, executive director of the Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors Bureau, “Based on input that we have received from throughout the community, we have been persuaded that Coach Goodman’s Blackhawks’ memorabilia collection should be offered to a broader audience.
“We understand the need to allow the general public to participate regardless of whether they are booked on board The Star of Saugatuck or not. We think an online auction is a good solution.”
In a further attempt by the Visitors Bureau to reach out to the
general public and offer an opportunity for local hockey fans to participate in the Stanley Cup festivities, the $100 upper level and $50 lower-level fundraising rates to ride on the Star of Saugatuck during the Stanley Cup Boat Parade are being dropped to the Star’s standard daily cruise rates.
The Stanley Cup will still make a brief appearance on board the Star of Saugatuck for a group photo around 2:45 p.m. just prior to the 3 p.m. departure on September 5th. Please note the cup itself will not ride on board the Star during the boat parade!
Fairchild explained, “Due to strict NHL Hall of Fame security requirements, anticipated Labor Day crowds and limited local resources, it was not feasible for us to attempt an ‘on-ground’ public event for the Stanley Cup here in the Saugatuck-Douglas area.
“Based on previous Stanley Cup events in other communities, the potential for gridlock and a variety of security issues was too difficult for this community to handle on an already crowded major holiday,” said Fairchild. “We decided to take the show ‘on-water’ to avoid these problems and provide an opportunity for as many people as possible to see the Stanley Cup.”
To book a seat on board the Star of Saugatuck for the Stanley Cup
Cruise call (269) 857-4261.