SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - The Northwest Arkansas Naturals have
raised nearly $7,000 in cash and items for victims of the deadly
Joplin, Mo., tornado.
The team visited Joplin on Monday on the heels of a six-game
homestand in which the Naturals collected $6,659 for the relief
effort. The contributions will go to the Red Cross of Northwest
Catcher Ryan Eigsti, pitcher Buddy Baumann, general manager Eric
Edelstein and the Naturals' mascot Strike also helped serve lunch
to tornado victims and volunteers helping with the relief efforts.
The club held a jersey auction, a sports memorabilia auction and
a nightly post-game launch-a-ball to help raise the money. The
Springdale-based, Double-A Texas League team also extended an offer
for free tickets for Joplin residents during the homestand.
The storm killed 141 people.