Armor Donate $25,000 to the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno speaks about the Armor's fundraising efforts at a press conference today, flanked by (l to r) Red Cross Board Chair, Maureen Hayes, and Armor General Manager, Alex Schwerin

SPRINGFIELD, MA JULY 13, 2011 – The Springfield Armor donated $25,000 in support of the tornado relief efforts of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross the team announced in a press conference today.

The Armor were joined by their exclusive NBA affiliate, the New Jersey Nets, and the NBA, in their fundraising efforts to assist those affected by the tornado that struck Western Massachusetts on June 1st.

“We’re thrilled to be able to give back and help those in need in Springfield and the surrounding communities,” Armor Owner Michael Savit said. “The positive response we’ve received from the New Jersey Nets, the NBA, and especially our fans in the Pioneer Valley and beyond has been overwhelming and we’re committed to being at the forefront of the efforts to rebuild and move forward.”

“We're very happy to support the Red Cross' tornado relief efforts in Springfield along with the Springfield Armor and their NBA parent team, the New Jersey Nets," said NBA D-League President Dan Reed. “Supporting our communities is a top priority for the NBA D-League, particularly in such an urgent time of need.”

The Armor conducted an online memorabilia auction, donated a portion of season ticket proceeds, made cash contributions and worked with the Nets and the NBA to raise the final total.

“The residents of Western Massachusetts suffered tremendous losses in the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck on June 1st,” said Nets General Manager Billy King. “We hope that our efforts, in conjunction with the Armor and the NBA, helped alleviate some of their pain and suffering.”

“We are very grateful for the outstanding support of the Springfield Armor and their fans who bid generously to support Red Cross disaster relief,” said Rick Lee, executive director of the American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter. “The community has been very supportive in working to help their neighbors in need—we are honored to have earned the support of the Springfield Armor and the NBA.”