#MoreThanWords: An Exciting Auction for the Mike Zimmer Foundation

The support for #MoreThanWords has been nothing short of inspiring. Since June 1, we’ve raised more than $11,000 through your generous donations to the Mike Zimmer Foundation. And with a little over a month left, we’ve blown past our goal of $10,000!

We wouldn’t be here without the support of Fan HQ, Minnesota’s popular sports memorabilia outlet. Earlier this month, Fan HQ announced a meet-and-greet event with Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Tickets went on sale shortly after the announcement, and fans rushed for the chance to meet Zimmer and win exclusive prizes. The event sold out in a matter of days, with all proceeds going to the Mike Zimmer Foundation.

If you didn’t get a ticket, you’re in luck! Late last night, Fan HQ opened an auction on Ebay for a VIP Experience at the SOLD OUT event, which takes place at the Eden Prairie location on July 21st from 7:00-8:00 pm. Participants have until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to bid on the auction, but they better hurry; the current bid is already at $620!


According to the posting, one lucky fan/bidder will have the opportunity to serve as Coach Mike Zimmer’s Right Hand Man or Woman at the Fan HQ event. They’ll also receive a number of prizes, with 100 percent of  the bid price benefiting the #MoreThanWords campaign and Mike Zimmer Foundation.

Event experience:

  • Receive the first autograph of the evening from Coach Zimmer on the item of your choice (item not provided)
  • Spend the first 10 minutes (approximately) at the semi-private VIP autograph session in Fan HQ
  • Be the first person to have their photo taken with Coach Zimmer
  • Sit to the right of Coach Zimmer at the autograph table for the entire autograph session (approx. 7:20-8:00 p.m)

After the July 21 event, the fan will also have the opportunity to visit training camp and appear on the pages of Vikings Territory! Future experiences include:

  • 4 field passes to an afternoon practice at the 2016 Vikings Training Camp presented by Verizon in Mankato – donated by the Minnesota Vikings (date TBD – coordinated through the Vikings)
  • Your choice of being the focus of a Vikings Territory Fan Feature article or be a featured guest in one of the Vikings Territory Question of the Week segments (date TBD)
  • An appearance on a future episode of the Purple FTW Podcast (date TBD)

Winning bidders will also receive a 20×24 advertising event photo signed by Zimmer, a Vikings Territory shirt in their preferred size and color, and a Fan HQ hat and t-shirt in their preferred size. Again, 100 percent of the bid price benefits the #MoreThanWords campaign and Mike Zimmer Foundation.

The real winners here are the beneficiaries of the Mike Zimmer Foundation — children in need. Your donations, winning bids, and support of #MoreThanWords ensure we’re all making a positive impact in their lives. Let’s keep it going!

For a full list of terms, conditions, and prizes, visit the auction page today. 

Austin Belisle

Austin Belisle is the West Coast's biggest Vikings fan, a football diehard cheering on the purple and yellow from sunny California. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2014, he began working full-time in corporate marketing and blogging on various sports websites. Austin's passion for the Vikings led him to Vikings Territory, where he hopes to share his lifelong enthusiasm for the team with readers on a daily basis. You can follow him on Twitter @austincbelisle

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