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PeoplesBank to match Revs ticket sales donation for flood relief

Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch
  • York Revolution President Eric Menzer said the Revs are partnering with Bailey Coach and South Central Pennsylvania American Red Cross on Wednesday, Sept. 6. He said 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross.
  • John Bailey, owner of Bailey Coach, will leave Friday, Sept. 8 for Houston. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help with packing supplies, Bailey said, can contact Betty Stein at 717-880-1404.

UPDATE: PeoplesBank will match the money raised from ticket sales at The York Revolution game on Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Revs announced on Friday, Sept. 1.

That means the Revs donation of all the ticket sales from the game to the Red Cross for flood relief in Texas will instantly double, Revs management said.

PREVIOUS STORY: Southwest of Houston is Sugar Land, Texas, home of Constellation Field, where the Sugar Land Skeeters play. The Atlantic League minor league ballpark is an away home for many in the York Revolution franchise who consider the Skeeters organization an extension of their baseball family. 

Because of that personal connection, York Revolution President Eric Menzer said, the Revs are partnering with Bailey Coach and the South Central Pennsylvania American Red Cross on Wednesday, Sept. 6. He said 100 percent of ticket sales for that night's Revs game will be donated to the American Red Cross. 

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls and Lucas Wu lift Ethan Wu into an airboat as they are evacuated from rising waters from Tropical Storm Harvey, at the Orchard Lakes subdivision on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Sugar Land, Texas. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Revs family: This is the first time the Revs have contributed toward a national natural disaster, Menzer said. 

"There's a connection for us," he explained. "In this case, it's going beyond doing a nice thing, because we have a team near Houston. Some of us went down there to open up that ballpark. We know a number of people down there, business colleagues, who have families in that area."

Alexi Casilla, left, and teammate Michael Burgess share a laugh after Casilla caught a hard-hit line drive to end the inning, Sunday, July 23, 2017.  John A. Pavoncello photo

John Bailey, who recently took 60,000 pounds of supplies to San Antonio to help in the relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey, is gearing up to take another round of supplies. He's the owner of Bailey Coach. 

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Community support: Menzer and Bailey confirmed that they would like fans to bring hygiene products — from toilet paper to diapers to shampoo — as well as pet food to the game next Wednesday. No clothing or shoes can be accepted at the relief site in San Antonio, Bailey Coach said Wednesday.

Bailey said foot traffic has been consistent at his business headquarters at 55 S. Fayetteville St. He said people have been arriving steadily almost every five to seven minutes with donations daily.

"The support from this community is just amazing," said David F. Brown, a retired Jackson Township police officer. He's volunteering his time to help collect and organize supplies.

He added, "it's so heartwarming" to see. 

A burned out home is surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Spring, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Bailey's business is certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a transportation source during national disasters, Bailey said. This time, he added, he wanted to do more to help people affected by the disaster. 

"If you've never gone to a baseball game before, pay for a ticket and bring some supplies with you," Bailey said. 

He leaves again Friday, Sept. 8, for Houston. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help with packing supplies, Bailey said, can call Betty Stein at 717-880-1404. 

Rutter's donations: In addition to those relief efforts, Rutter's is planning to support affected Texans. 

The chain of convenience stores is partnering with United Natural Foods Inc. and Martin's Potato Chips to fill trucks with beverages, chips, personal care products and other essential items. 

"Just like many others, we have been watching the news and seeing the devastation from Hurricane Harvey," said Derek Gaskins, chief customer officer. "Supporting fellow Americans in a time of need and working with the Red Cross to assist the victims is central to our core values."

Rutter's plans to send Rutter's branded bottled beverages and enable customers to contribute through coffee purchases and in-store donations. 

Now through Sunday, Oct. 1, according to a Rutter's statement, all Rutter's stores will be donating to the Red Cross 10 cents per cup of all coffee sold, up to $10,000. Each store will also be collecting coin canister donations for the American Red Cross.