DAVENPORT, Iowa - The Quad Cities River Bandits, Class-A Affiliate of the Houston Astros, will be fundraising for those affected by Hurricane Harvey during the team's final homestand of the regular season, a three-game series with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beginning Saturday, September 2. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the River Bandits will be collecting financial donations, clothes and needed supplies during all three games to help support the city and thousands of victims.
The River Bandits will donate all proceeds from the 50-50 raffle for all three games, with all money raised going to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Additionally, the Bandits will host an online auction of River Bandits merchandise and memorabilia. The Bandits will also donate $1 from every ticket sold online to Sunday and Monday's games when purchasers use the code "RELIEF" during checkout. In addition, anyone who donates $10 or more this weekend will receive a free general admission ticket to any Monday through Thursday River Bandits home game next April and anyone who donates $500 or more will be rewarded with a free suite rental to a Monday-through-Thursday River Bandits home game in April of 2018. There will be donation stands throughout Modern Woodmen Park during all three games this weekend. Minor League Baseball Charities will be matching all donations provided by its teams, up to $10,000.
"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of the Texas Gulf Coast during this challenging time. Whether it be money, clothes, or needed supplies, we are asking our fans throughout the Quad Cities to join us in helping our fellow citizens along the Gulf Coast," said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. "And with Minor League Baseball Charities matching fans' donations, we're hopeful that the people of Quad Cities community will join us in our efforts to help the thousands of good people who have lost so much over this past week."
A category-four Hurricane, Harvey has dropped nearly 50 inches of rain on southeast Texas which, according to the National Weather Service, is equal to the amount of rainfall reported annually at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Nine continuous days of rain have pounded the Houston area with winds recorded up 130 MPH during the storm. With the River Bandits being a proud Astros affiliate and so many current and recent River Bandits players calling Houston home, the Quad Cities community has a strong personal tie to the greater Houston area.
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