[Press release provided by Stone Crabs Marketing Manager Jonathan Gantt.]
The Charlotte Stone Crabs will start a relief fund in association with the American Red Cross for victims of the recent floods in middle Tennessee that will run through the remainder of the 2010 season at Charlotte Sports Park.
Monetary and supply donations will be accepted at a donation hub located inside the Team Store during games at Charlotte Sports Park and at the box office on non-gamedays. The team will also periodically auction off items to raise money including a team-signed authentic Stone Crabs jersey at tonight’s game.
“The thoughts and prayers of the Charlotte Stone Crabs staff go out to the citizens of middle Tennessee,” said Joe Hart, General Manager of the Stone Crabs. “Several members of our staff lived and worked in Nashville prior to moving to Port Charlotte, so this devastation really hits home. We have heard the stories of the destruction first hand from friends and family that are struggling to get back on their feet, and we want to help them any way we can.”
The Stone Crabs front office includes three staff members who lived in middle Tennessee and worked for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds baseball team before moving to the Port Charlotte area in August 2008.
“In addition to the contributions from Charlotte County residents, we hope our efforts encourage others around the country to help with a devastating situation that seems to have been overlooked on a national scale,” said Jonathan Gantt, Marketing Manager of the Stone Crabs.
The Stone Crabs have raised more than $1,500 for the Red Cross Heroes campaign so far this season, but the focus will now be shifted to the Nashville relief efforts for the remainder of the year. For more information on how to donate, please call 941-206-HITS (4487) or visit the Charlotte Sports Park box office.