Major Calif. Sports Teams Donate $450,000 to Wildfire Relief Efforts
Oct. 12—The seven major Bay Area professional sports teams combined forces for a collective $450,000 donation to support North Bay fire relief efforts, they announced Wednesday.
The Warriors, 49ers, Raiders, Giants, A's, Sharks and Earthquakes set up a donation site at www.youcaring.com/firerelief for their fans to donate what they can to support the victims of the fires. Alternatively, fans of those franchises can contribute by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Here are the statements sent by representatives from those seven teams:
Warriors president and COO Rick Welts: "The North Bay is a large part of our Warriors family and we're devastated by what they are enduring at this time. We are joining forces with the rest of our sports community to help relief efforts and encourage any fans who are able to help by donating as well."
49ers CEO Jed York: "The North Bay fires have devastated families, homes, businesses, and schools across the region, and as first responders work tirelessly to put out the fires and aid those in need, Bay Area sports teams are unified in supporting relief efforts. Although we can never replace what was lost, together we can help those impacted by the fires rebuild."
Raiders president Marc Badain: "The Raiders family expresses our deepest concern for everyone affected by the North Bay fires. The Raiders have held training camp in Napa for the past 22 seasons and have formed a strong bond with communities in Napa and Sonoma counties. The Silver and Black ask the entire Raider Nation to help spread the word on how everyone can assist the region in its recovery."
Giants president and CEO Larry Baer: "We want all the communities affected by these horrific fires to know the Giants and all of the Bay Area teams are here to support you as you recover and rebuild in the days, weeks and months ahead. You are part of our family and we are holding all of you close to our hearts."
A's president Dave Kaval: "When a tragedy hits this close to home, we feel it's our duty to get involved and to help our community and those who have been impacted. We are proud to team up with all of the Bay Area professional sports teams to support North Bay disaster relief efforts."
Sharks COO John Tortora: "It is devastating to witness a region dedicated to hospitality, friendliness, and community experience such loss. These are friends, family members, individuals and businesses who have a unique sense of solidarity and we generously will support relief and recovery efforts as they navigate this tragic time."
Earthquakes president Tom Fox: "The world has faced an unimaginable amount of tragedy and devastation in the past few months and the fires in the North Bay hit particularly close to home. We're happy to do our part, along with the other pro teams in the region, to help rebuild our community stronger than ever."