As of March 19, 2012, the Rapid City Rush Foundation had given out nearly $358,000 to nonprofit organizations and causes in the Rapid City area. The foundation was created in 2008 during the Rush’s first season in Rapid City.
On Saturday, March 17, 2012, Gary Messner moderated the bidding at the St. Patrick’s Day jersey auction following the hockey game at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena in Rapid City. One jersey auctioned by Gary was Jeff Kyrzakos’ game winning jersey. Jeff himself held the jersey as it was auctioned. A St. Patrick’s Day jersey worn by Rapid City Rush forward Shawn Limpright brought $3,500. Over the past six annual auctions, the average price brought by each jersey is close to $1,100 with the highest winning bid of $5,800.
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