ST. LOUIS DONATES $25,000 TO KATRINA RELIEF EFFORTS
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE AND OTHER LOCAL CHARITIES
Through a ticketing and Hurricane Katrina relief program established by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2004 National Hockey League Most Valuable Player Martin St. Louis and his wife, Heather, today donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross. As part of the program which the Lightning introduced a week ago, the St. Louis' will receive 1,250 Lightning preseason tickets, which they will then donate to Tampa Bay charities and MacDill Air Force Base.
"As Heather and I kept watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we knew we wanted to do something for the people in need," said St. Louis upon making the donation. "She and I both realize that something like Katrina could happen to any of us at any time and we know that those that have been stricken need our help. We hope that our donation helps push others to consider giving what they can."
On September 2, the Lightning announced its intention to forego single game ticket revenues for preseason games, instead working with Ticketmaster to set up a donation program. Anyone donating $20 or more to the American Red Cross through Ticketmaster.com or at the McDonald's Box Office at the St. Pete Times Forum receives a ticket to an upcoming Lightning home preseason game. Ticketmaster has waived all fees for purchases on Ticketmaster.com, and tickets purchased through Ticketmaster.com will be available for pickup at will call in the McDonald's Box Office.
In exchange for their donation, the St. Louis are receiving 1,250 tickets, which will be split equally among the team's three preseason home games: Sept. 24 vs. Florida, Sept. 25 vs. Buffalo, and Sept. 30 vs. Carolina. The couple has asked to donate the tickets to the men and women at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base and their families and other local charities including the police and fire departments.
"The Lightning have really stepped up in the community with this ticket and donation program and we see the opportunity to offer tickets to the men and women defending our country as an added bonus," said St. Louis. "We encourage Lightning fans to take advantage of the tickets while making a donation of their own."