Cities housing more than one-third of professional baseball's teams were affected by hurricane Sandy last week. Both major organizations within the the league, the Commissioner’s Office and the Player's Association, were directly hit by the rising flood waters in downtown Manhattan. And, thousands of fans, players, and families were left with varying degrees of hardships once the storm had passed.
To help with the rebuilding efforts of not just their own offices and personnel, the Commissioner’s Office and the Major League Baseball Player's Association joined together this weekend to announce the donation of one million dollars to the Red Cross and similar aid groups, to help with the already expensive and time-sensitive recovery.
In addition to the generous offer from the Commissioner’s Office and the Player's Association, all thirty teams in the league made extensive donations of their own to the relief efforts. The Yankees, one of the teams most directly influenced by the storm, offered half-a-million dollars to the Red Cross the day following the event, as well as funded a blood drive which rewarded donations with free tickets to games during the team's 2013 season.
Even teams on the other side of the country made sizable donations to the east coast, including the World Series champion Giants, who announced that the club would match dollar-for-dollar any donations made by individual players from the team during its celebration parade in San Francisco. Emcee of the event, Renel Brooks-Moon, took advantage of the one-million person crowd to remind people of the importance of donating to the relief effort, making the team's parade one of the largest fund raisers for Sandy relief to-date.
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As for the Brewers, and other Wisconsin based organizations, their efforts to raise funds and awareness about the aftermath of hurricane Sandy have not been outdone. The Brewers Community Fund has pledged its support to the Red Cross in helping relief efforts, setting up donation sites around the city. The Packers Charles Woodson was one of the first to donate to the fund, giving up $100,000 out of his own pocket. The State's business community was also involved, as both Kohls and Northwestern Mutual announced they would be combining to donate over one-and-a-half million dollars to the Red Cross, and would be pushing for their employees to match those donations.