Atlanta Braves : Official Info : Press Release
Atlanta Braves to donate $100,000 towards Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
09/01/2005 8:21 PM ET
Atlanta Braves Public Relations
The Atlanta Braves will donate $1 for every new ticket sold in the month of September to the Mississippi American Red Cross and their Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. At a minimum the Braves and the Braves Foundation will donate $100,000. The Braves will also kick-off a donation drive at Turner Field beginning tomorrow.
“We were devastated to see the destruction the storm caused along the Gulf coast,” said Braves Chairman and President Terry McGuirk. “We have many fans that have been impacted by this tragic event and we wanted to reach out to them and let them know we’re here to help.”
Fans are asked to donate money, canned goods, toiletries, bug spray, phone and gas cards and baby necessities (diapers, wipes, etc.) at any Braves home game in the month of September. Donations will then be distributed to the victims by the American Red Cross.
The donation drive will begin tomorrow in Monument Grove, and will take place there during every home game, three hours prior to the start of the game, through the first hour of the game. Monetary donations will also be collected in the Braves Community Clubhouse located in the Fan Plaza.
This Sunday and Monday, 96 Rock will broadcast live from Monument Grove from 10 a.m.-Noon encouraging their listeners to drop off donations on their way into Turner Field.
The Braves are also extending an invitation to refugees who have come to metro Atlanta by donating tickets to a Braves game with meal vouchers provided by Aramark, Turner Field’s concessionaire.
The Atlanta Braves, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is Major League Baseball’s winningest franchise since 1991. Since then, Braves teams have earned a record 13 consecutive division championships, five National League pennants and a World Series title. Based in Atlanta since 1966, the Braves franchise is the longest continuously operating franchise in Major League Baseball. Atlanta Braves games are telecast nationally on tbs and regionally on Turner South; the Braves can be heard locally on 640 GST and 96 Rock in Atlanta and regionally on the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.
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Thanks Braves. The suffering is so great down here, especially on the coast and as you have seen, New Orleans. I live in a small town in Pearl River County, a little north of the coast. People in our area are working together, mostly on our own. (FEMA was slow getting here.) Power came back yesterday for many and this is great news. I am leaving in a few minutes to go home from Jackson and can’t wait. We had winds of 140 mph and at my home, we had a big pine tree on the roof and has water damage, but the house can be repaired. (boo pine trees!) Please remember us in your prayers as we recover. It will be hard for us in small towns and rural areas too. It will be a long time before we get back to normal