Do you have something as cool as Tuesday night's 2nd annual Tip-A-Lynx charity event? For three hours, Lynx players and coaching staff helped serve the diners at a local Champps restaurant in a Minneapolis suburb. Their tips, 20% of the food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased, and various live and silent auctions proceeds would benefit the Lynx charitable foundations.
The entire roster, except for Rebekkah Brunson, was attending and learning the ropes of serving. Through dogged effort I was able to get the autographs of all of the ladies on the team. For the veterans of at least 2 seasons, I was able to provide them with their 2013 Rittenhouse cards to sign, with a roster from the preseason game against the Aussies covered by the signatures of the youngsters. As a bonus, I was also able to get the autograph of the Brazilian interpreter for rookie Damiris Dantas, who just happened to be an integral member of the W's opening dynasty, Janeth Arcain who played for the Comets in the league's early years.
The team was paired up with experienced servers, but also had handlers who helped them to work their way around the restaurant and mingle with the fans. This was helpful, as the ladies could not always remember to collect their tips when they posed for pictures or signed an autograph. I had to be assertive in making sure they took the money on at least half of the transactions. That contrasts greatly to other pro sports where the agent makes sure they have your money in hand before you even present the item to be autographed, and perish forbid they come to your table to do it.
Occasionally interspersed were various interviews and live auctions for outings with Lynx players. When I left at the midway portion of the event. the big spender was the person who won the auction for going to bowl with Janel McCarville (who promised to beat whoever it was). From an opening bid of $300, the price rose steadily between 2 or 3 main bidders, with a final total of $3650! Must be nice to be rich and have that much to spend of charity.
It was cool to see so many families there to take advantage of the opportunity, bring their sons as well as their daughters. What a great league.