ST. PETE TIMES FORUM CONCLUDES COLLECTION OF TANGIBLE GOODS FOR KATRINA RELIEF
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Over 175 Vehicles Filled with Supplies Transported to Affected Areas
Tampa Bay Lightning Continues to Support Relief Efforts Through Sale of Pre-season Tickets
The St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm concluded the collection of tangible goods on Saturday afternoon, wrapping up 11 days of receiving, packing and distributing items to Gulf Coast areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
A total of 28 semi trailers, 45 box trucks, 20 open-top trailers and 82 miscellaneous vehicles include pick-up trucks, vans, RV's and airplanes loaded up at the St. Pete Times Forum and headed to various cities, delivering much-needed items to hurricane victims. Cities delivered to include Biloxi, Pascagoula, New Orleans, Gulfport, Baton Rouge and other areas. It is estimated that 2.1 million pounds, or over 1,000 tons of supplies were donated and delivered.
"The response from this community has been overwhelming. Volunteers have come to the arena at all times of the day and night and have offered to help pack, sort and even offer their trucks, drivers and gas to transport. I would bet since we started this effort we've had at least 300 volunteers on top of our own staff, who have come out to help - putting in over 3000 volunteer hours," said Ron Campbell, President of the Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Pete Times Forum.
Moving forward, the Tampa Bay Lightning will continue to support relief efforts by offering tickets to September's pre-season games for a donation of $20. Pre-season games are scheduled for 9/24 v. Florida; 9/25 v. Buffalo and 9/30 v. Carolina. These specially priced tickets are on sale now at the McDonald's Box Office at the St. Pete Times Forum and ticketmaster.com. For this effort, ticketmaster.com has waived all service charges. One-hundred percent of proceeds from the sale of these tickets will benefit hurricane relief charities.