Wizards to aid Hurricane Relief Fund

Fort Wayne, IN – The Fort Wayne Wizards will team with the Red Cross, starting today, to aid in the relief efforts of the victims from Hurricane Katrina.

The Fort Wayne Wizards staff will collect monetary donations to support the victims and relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Donations will be accepted at the Wizards front offices at Memorial Stadium as well as during each of the final four regular season games this Friday through Monday.

In addition, anyone donating blood at the Fort Wayne American Red Cross, located at 1212 East California Road, will receive two free tickets to the Wizards 6:00 p.m. game on Friday, September 2 or the 2:00 p.m. regular season finale on Monday, September 4.

"We want to help in any way we can," General Manager Mike Nutter said. "We are truly blessed in this region with some of the best minor league sports fans in the country. I have no doubt that we can help in this cause. Free tickets are just a small way of showing our appreciation to those that are supporting American Red Cross and their efforts."

Monetary donations can be made in the form of cash or check (made payable to the American Red Cross). Financial gifts to the Hurricane Katrina 2005 Relief will allow the American Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

Those people who make a monetary donation at Memorial Stadium will receive two free tickets to the Wizards game on Friday, September 2 or Monday, September 4. The first 500 people to make a cash donation at Memorial Stadium will receive a Limited Edition Tony Gwynn Figurine Doll.

The Wizards will also accept donations during their first playoff game at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8 and at any additional playoff game played at Memorial Stadium.

For additional information, contact the Fort Wayne Wizards at 260-482-6400 or the Fort Wayne American Red Cross at 260-480-8100.

The final four regular season games for the Wizards are at 6:00 p.m. Friday, 6:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 2:00 p.m. on Monday.

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