Ravens to collect donations at Colts game

Red Cross representatives will take funds for Katrina victims

Players have already donated over $100,000

September 06, 2005|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

Ravens fans attending this Sunday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts will have the opportunity to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina in Gulf Coast states.

Representatives from the American Red Cross, the Ravens and members of Ravens families will collect cash that will be used by the Red Cross to help those in need.

The Ravens will match the first $25,000 collected from the fans. Already, Ravens players have donated over $100,000 through payroll deductions that will be given to the Red Cross. Players were responding to pleas from Deion Sanders, who has made an appeal to all professional athletes, and Ed Reed and Alan Ricard, two players who have family and friends suffering in the devastated areas.

"We have all been moved to respond by the suffering we've watched on television. To have players and other staff members who have family and friends struggling in the Gulf Coast states provides more inspiration," Dick Cass, Ravens president said. "Our players have been so generous. I'm sure many of our fans have already made commitments, and we will give others the chance to show their generosity on Sunday."

September 6, 2005, 4:48 PM EDT

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