Pacers make an “assist” to the American Red Cross

Indianapolis | July 30, 2008

John Lyter, Josh McRoberts,Jim Morris

The American Red Cross is pleased to announce that Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) has made a generous gift of Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever apparel for use in its disaster response, volunteer recognition, youth educational outreach, literacy and other programs.

"Our relationship with the PS&E family is one of our most treasured,” said John Lyter, chief executive officer of the Greater Indianapolis Red Cross. “Their generous support in times of disaster including the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and locally with the recent tornadoes and floods, as well as their involvement in ongoing Red Cross initiatives including our Hall of Fame heroes program, has been extraordinary.”

The donation, approximately $70,000 worth of Pacers and Fever apparel, is the second major donation PS&E has made to the Red Cross this summer. In June, the organization donated $50,000 for disaster relief following the historic flooding in southern Indiana.

“The NBA is a proud supporter of the American Red Cross, and as members of the local community, the entire PS&E family looks for ways to further enhance our local Red Cross chapter’s already outstanding service to the people of central Indiana,” added Jim Morris, president, PS&E. “We feel it’s our duty as citizens of Indianapolis to show our support as best we can.”

Pacers player and Indiana native Josh McRoberts loaded Pacers and Fever apparel into a Red Cross vehicle at Conseco Fieldhouse for delivery to the headquarters of the Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis Thursday.

Thanks to the generosity of its volunteers, financial supporters and community partners, the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis reaches one in three households in central Indiana each year by responding to disasters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year; reducing the impact of disasters through planning and preparedness education; empowering people with lifesaving training in the workplace, in the classroom and online; supporting military families with emergency communications and other services; giving first aid care at community events; providing free medical transportation to people in need and developing the leadership skills of youth.