FRISCO (Jan. 7, 2015) — The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the relief and rebuilding efforts in North Texas following the devastating EF3 and EF4 tornadoes that hit the Metroplex on Dec. 26. Additionally, the club is hosting a donation drive throughout the month of January to help the victims of the storms.
The destruction from the storms claimed the lives of at least 11 people, making it the deadliest storm to hit the area in 88 years. The RoughRiders are encouraging their fans and peers within the industry to help them support the community in a two-pronged approach during this time of great need.
First, the RoughRiders plan to donate the proceeds from the “RoughRiders #DFWStrong Relief Fund” GoFundMe Page to the relief efforts (click to view/donate). To kick off the campaign, the RoughRiders have donated $2,500 and received pledges totaling $7,000 from Minor League Baseball Charities, the Corpus Christi Hooks (Double-A, Texas League, Astros), the Tulsa Drillers (Double-A, Texas League, Dodgers) and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Class A-Advanced, Carolina League, Cubs).
The goal is to raise $40,000 with the online campaign by the end of February, and all proceeds from the campaign will go towards relief efforts in the most affected areas by the storms, specifically, the cities of Garland and Rowlett.
Minor League teams have also donated items for auction to raise money for the fund, with more items to come in the coming days and weeks. The RoughRiders, Round Rock Express (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League, Rangers), Drillers, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Double-A, Texas League, Royals), Arkansas Travelers (Double-A, Texas League, Angels) and Spokane Indians (Class A-Short Season, Northwest League, Rangers) have all donated items. Some of the high-profile items include game-worn and autographed Joey Gallo RoughRiders jerseys and a baseball autographed by Texas Rangers Hall of Fame knuckleballer Charlie Hough. All of the items can be found at the RoughRiders auction site, and all of the proceeds from the auction will be donated back into the GoFundMe campaign.
Second, a supply drive affords people in the local community the opportunity to drop off money and/or items at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The RoughRiders, through coordination with local community leadership, are asking people to bring items from the following list: bottled water, non-perishable food items, dog/cat crates, pet food (cats and dogs), baby food, baby formula, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, diapers, baby wipes, flashlights, paper towels, trash bags, heavy duty work gloves and batteries.
“There is great need, and we know that our efforts are only a small part of what the DFW community has and continues to do to help the victims of this devastating tragedy,” said RoughRiders Executive Vice President and General Manager Jason Dambach. “We are incredibly thankful to our friends within the industry who are helping our efforts to support the affected areas in this time of grave need.”
Those interested in donating to the supply drive can bring the items to the RoughRiders Administrative Offices, located at 7300 RoughRiders Trl., Frisco, TX 75034 at the corner of Diamond Drive and RoughRiders Trail. The supply drive takes place Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday throughout the month of January. The drive concludes on Saturday, January 30th during the Rangers Winter Caravan and FanFest at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Interested parties can also donate money via cash or check that will go into the GoFundMe campaign totals. Checks should be made out to the “Frisco RoughRiders Foundation” and can be dropped off or sent to: Frisco RoughRiders, Attn: Breon Dennis, 7300 RoughRiders Trl., Frisco, TX 75034.
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About the Frisco RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A (Class AA) Affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A minor league teams in attendance in each of the last 11 seasons (2005 through 2015. In August of 2014, the RoughRiders, members of the Texas League, were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju. The new ownership group has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements, from a completely new team identity to massive additions and upgrades to Dr Pepper Ballpark, including a giant new video board, sound system, sports bar, team store, improved food service and menu, and a complete overhaul of in-game entertainment. The improvements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco “Best Ballpark Renovation” of 2015 by Ballpark Digest in the under $6 million category. More than 130 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play in Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Gonzalez and Ian Kinsler. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, visit ridersbaseball.com. For ticket information, call 972-731-9200 or visit milb.com/tickets/singlegame.jsp?sid=t540.