Gophers Promote Hurricane Relief Saturday

The Minnesota Gophers and the American Red Cross are teaming up to collect donations at Saturday's football game against Colorado State to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The University of Minnesota, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will collect donations at this Saturday's Minnesota vs. Colorado State football game at the Metrodome to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Golden Gopher staff and student-athletes, along with Red Cross volunteers, will collect monetary donations before the football game, scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. Donations will be collected at the two tailgate lots and outside the entrances of the Metrodome.

"The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina has had an impact on everyone," Minnesota director of athletics Joel Maturi said. "We appreciate the assistance of the American Red Cross in coordinating the efforts to help the thousands of people affected by the disaster in the Gulf Coast. It has been a stressful time even here in Minnesota as we have several student-athletes and employees of Athletics that have families and friends impacted by the hurricane. It is important as a Golden Gopher family that we participate in the overall relief efforts."

To make an additional contribution to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, call 1-800-HELP-NOW or visit www.redcross.org

The American Red Cross has launched the largest mobilization of resources in its history for a single natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina, a deadly Category 4 storm, recently hit the Gulf Coast, leaving widespread devastation in its wake.

The Red Cross has already accommodated more than 142,000 men, women and children in 487 shelters in 18 states and has served more than 3.3 million hot meals. Additional needs are expected to develop as those who have fled storm-ravaged areas use up personal and family resources and turn to the Red Cross for assistance.


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