Premera Care-A-Van Provides Smiles and Hope to Local Children

By Bud Bareither | July 17, 2012 10:45 AM

Spokane, WA - For over 10 years the Spokane Indians and Premera Blue Cross have teamed up for the Premera Care-A-Van, a program where children in local hospitals receive a visit from OTTO the Mascot and current Indians players. The first of three Care-A-Van visits is today at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Premera Blue Cross and the Indians to bring hope to children at our local hospitals," said Senior Vice President Otto Klein. "These brave kids are going through a lot and its rewarding for all of us to see smiles on their faces."

In addition to the visit from players and mascots, the children will receive a Care-A-Van Backpack full of Spokane Indians items courtesy of Premera Blue Cross. The Indians also provide tickets for former patients who have now recovered and are living in the Spokane area.

"I'll never forget how happy the kids were to see us and how much our visit lifted their spirits," said former Indians player Brett Nicholas. "I'm glad to see the program will continue in 2012, and that new players will be able to experience what I did."

The Indians and Premera Blue Cross have three Care-A-Vans planned for this year, including today at Sacred Heart, August 14th at Deaconess Medical Center, and August 21st at Shriners Hospital for Children. All media are invited to attend.

For more information about the Premera Care-A-Van program, please call (509) 535-2922.

Tonight's game is the second game of a three game series against the Tri-City Dust Devils and is Baseball Hat Giveaway presented by Pepsi, Arby's, and The Inlander. The first 1,000 fans and all Banner Bank Diamond Club Members will receive a FREE limited edition Spokane Indians Baseball Hat. Also tonight, kids are encouraged to stick around after the game for the Supercuts Post-Game Circle the Bases promotion. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for all Spokane Indians home games are available for purchase at the Indians Ticket Office or at Reserve your seats today by calling (509) 343-OTTO (6886) or TicketsWest at 1-800-325-SEAT.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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