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The Sharks Foundation Partners With Lift Up America

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Sharks players Doug Murray, Patrick Rissmiller, Matt Carle, Ryane Clowe and Marc-Edouard Vlasic rolled up their sleeves on Dec. 8 to help dole out more than 20,000 pounds of frozen Tyson chicken as the team partnered with Lift Up America to help bring the gift of food to the Bay Area’s less fortunate this Holiday season.  A series of more than 30 Lift Up America events will occur in major cities across the nation during the week of December 3, 2006 with Lift Up America partners Tyson Foods, Give the Gift of Sight (a Luxottica Group foundation), Starkey Hearing Foundation and Interstate Batteries.
 
Click here for pictures of the event.
 
“We are thrilled about the partnership and team spirit between these great organizations,” said Dave Hannah, CEO of Lift Up America.  “It is truly inspirational to see so many entities coming together with such a noble goal in mind.”
 
Members of the Sharks organization, including S.J. Sharkie, Dan Rusanowsky, Marty McSorley and the aforementioned players visited the CityTeam Family Services on 1297 North 13th Street in San Jose after practice to help in the distribution of food donations courtesy of Tyson Foods to local agencies.
 
“We are honored to join forces with these great partners to bring more awareness to the problem of childhood hunger in America,” stated John Tyson, chairman and CEO of Tyson Foods.  “We hope what we’re doing here inspires others to share their strengths and resources toward finding solutions for the challenges in America and around the world.”
 
This year the team consists of Tyson Foods, Give the Gift of Sight (a Luxottica Group foundation), Starkey Hearing Foundation and Interstate Batteries.  Tyson is bringing food donations (a total of 2.24 million meals) to many cities across America in the fight against hunger “Powered by Tyson™”.  The Give the Gift of Sight Foundation will administer eye exams helping more than 25,000 people by donating brand name prescription eyewear.  Starkey Hearing Foundation has allocated thousands of their latest digital hearing aids for this project across the country, with a retail value of more than $25 million.  Interstate Batteries will donate $500,000 (retail value) in alkaline batteries and children will be given the opportunity to participate in the Interstate Batteries Fundraising Program to help raise funds for education and their local supporting agencies.
 
Lift Up America will distribute food, prescription eyewear, hearing aids and alkaline batteries to less fortunate families across the nation.  More than 30 sports teams will partner with Lift Up America in 2006 to bring these gifts to these cities.  Confirmed participating cities and sports teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAA include:

NFL: NHL:
Detroit Lions Colorado Avalanche
Houston Texans San Jose Sharks
Kansas City Cheifs
Miami Dolphins MLS:
Minnesota Vikings Chivas USA
New England Patroits FC Dallas
New York Giants
Oakland Raiders NCAA:
San Diego Chargers Boise State
Washington Redskins Furman University
Univ. of Tennessee
NBA: Univ. of Arkansas
Chicago Bulls USC
Denver Nuggets Louisiana Tech University
Memphis Grizzles Univ. of South Carolina
Phoenix Suns Wake Forest University
 
More than 20 local agencies are scheduled to participate with the food distribution which includes the following:
 
Agencies:
Apostolic Faith Church (SJ) InnVision (SJ)
Breakfast with friends (SJ) Loaves & Fishes (Milpitas)
Catholic Charities (SJ) Love, Inc. (San Mateo)
CityTeam Camp May Mac (SJ) Maranatha Christian Center (SJ)
CityTeam Family Services (SJ) Martha’s Kitchen (SJ)
CityTeam Heritage Home (SJ) Meals on Wheels (SJ)
CityTeam House of Grace (SJ) Sacred Heart (SJ)
CityTeam Rescue Mission (SJ) Salvation Army (Gilroy)
CityTeam Rescue Mission (SF) Salvation Army (SJ)
CityTeam Rescue Mission (Oakland) San Jose Family Shelter (SJ)
Community Services (Mt. View) Silicon Valley Living Center (Gilroy)
EHC Life Builders (SJ) St. Joseph’s Family Center (Gilroy)

About CityTeam Ministries
CityTeam Ministries is a non-profit organization serving the poor and homeless in San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia and partnerships internationally.  Since 1957, CityTeam has provided life-saving food, shelter, clothing, men and women recovery programs, learning & career skills, youth outreach (after school programs – tutoring, mentoring, and recreation), summer and winter camp for low-income children and other essential care 365 days a year for men, women and children who are in desperate need to find ways to survive and make real life changes while they find real hope. For more information, visit www.cityteam.org.
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