Baseball fans from Omaha and across the country are helping tornado victims in Pilger and surrounding Nebraska communities recover from the devastation of recent tornadoes through donations to the American Red Cross, and with help from the NCAA and College World Series of Omaha, Inc.
Red Cross volunteers collected $4,683 for disaster relief at the 2014 NCAA Men’s College World Series June 17 game between TCU and Virginia. The evening before, tornadoes killed two people in Pilger, devastated the town and damaged surrounding communities. The NCAA and College World Series Omaha, Inc. matched the donation at $5,000 each to bring the total to $14,683.
“The support of the CWS, NCAA and the many fans from around the country is heartwarming to the more than 100 families who lost their homes in last week's devastating tornadoes in Northeast Nebraska communities, including Pilger," said Tina Labellarte, CEO of the American Red Cross Nebraska/SW Iowa Region. “Red Cross volunteers will remain in these communities for the days and weeks to come providing support and hope to the families as they begin their road to recovery.”
“We want to thank the fans from Omaha and the surrounding metropolitan area for their support of our neighbors in Pilger and other affected communities,” said Jack Diesing Jr., president of CWS Omaha, Inc. “The donations are providing shelter, meals, snacks, water and other services to help restore people’s lives after this catastrophe.”
“College World Series fans are the greatest fans in the world,” said Damani Leech, NCAA managing director of alliances and championships. “Given our long history with Omaha and the surrounding area, we feel like the local communities are part of our family, and we want to support our friends and neighbors. We encourage people to support the relief effort by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief.
How to donate:
CALL 1-800-RED CROSS
TEXT the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.