Atlanta Braves Continue to Raise Awareness and Funds for Southeastern Tornado Relief Efforts with "Alabama Day" This Saturday, July 3007/27/2011 10:20 AM ET
By atl - alabama / MLB.com
This Saturday, the Atlanta Braves will partner with the city of Tuscaloosa to host "Alabama Day" at Turner Field in an effort to continue raising money and awareness for those affected by the tornados that caused so much devastation throughout Braves Country earlier this season.
In May, the Atlanta Braves partnered with The Salvation Army, their flagship radio stations, 680 the Fan and Rock 100.5, corporate partners and their minor league teams to raise money, awareness and support for the Southeastern tornado relief efforts. The Braves began their efforts by donating $100,000 to The Salvation Army, and this Saturday, the Braves will continue to raise awareness and funds on "Alabama Day" at the ballpark.
Fans also stepped up to the plate in May, donating more than $11,000 through a Text to Give campaign and donations to the Salvation Army at Braves home games. Fans also donated thousands of items to help the tornado victims at Express Oil Change locations in Atlanta, while Coca-Cola Recycling provided collection bins, and Atlanta Peach Movers facilitated delivery of the items.
This Saturday at Turner Field:
- From 5:45-6:30p.m. in Monument Grove, Craig Kimbrel, a Huntsville, Alabama native, will sign autographs for fans who make a $20 donation to "Tuscaloosa Forward," a strategic rebuilding plan to support long-term recovery efforts in the City of Tuscaloosa and surrounding communities.
- Fans from Alabama can show an Alabama driver's license or College ID to receive a discounted ticket at Turner Field Ticket Windows. Upper Box tickets will be $12 (regularly $24) and Outfield tickets will be $20 (regularly $35).
- Proceeds from a silent auction in Fan Plaza and at section 202 will be donated to the Tuscaloosa Forward tornado relief efforts. Alabama sports memorabilia, including footballs, photos, helmets and prints signed by Nick Saban, Gene Chizick, Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, Cam Newton, Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and more will be auctioned, as well as memorabilia signed by Atlanta Braves with ties to Alabama including Tim Hudson, David Ross, and Kimbrel.
- The Salvation Army will collect donations in Monument Grove from the time gates open at 4:30 until the end of the second inning.
- The Braves will provide tickets and host 100 Salvation Army Disaster Relief Volunteers for the game
- Information on how to text a donation will run in stadium on the Turner Field LED boards throughout the game (Text "Give" to 80888, to donate $10 to The Salvation Army)
- On behalf of the Atlanta Braves Foundation and Braves fans, Braves team president John Schuerholz and pitcher Craig Kimbrel, will present a check for $111,000 to the Salvation Army in an on field presentation before the game.
About the Atlanta Braves Foundation
The non-profit arm of the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Braves Foundation actively supports community organizations and their programs within the metro Atlanta area. Since its inception in 1992, the Atlanta Braves Foundation has provided support to thousands of metro Atlanta based organizations and has contributed more than $3.3 million in financial assistance to the community. Through the generous support of Braves fans, players, employees, and partners, the Atlanta Braves Foundation continuously strives to improve the quality of life for our youth.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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