Pelicans Respond to Hurricane Katrina with Fundraising Efforts
Myrtle Beach Third Baseman Receives Generous Support From Fans
Pelicans 3rd baseman Van Pope checks out at Costco. The Pelicans packed his truck up with the goods and sent him back to help his family in Mississippi.
In response to the recent tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans raised funds for much-needed medicine, non-perishable food items, batteries, and water for victims of the disaster during their last four home games, September 2-5th.
Fans had the opportunity to join this relief effort with cash donations in a “pass the hat” type format. One-hundred percent (100%) of the donations are going towards the purchase of these much-needed items. The items will be purchased by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and sent to the victims of Katrina, along with other donations being collected by the cities of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and Conway.
On Thursday, September 1st, the Pelicans front office, players, coaching staff and fans chipped in and donated money to help Pelicans 3B Van Pope (a native of Jackson, Mississippi) who left the team the following morning to help his family and friends in Jackson, Mississippi, who suffered through Hurricane Katrina. On Friday morning Pope and the Pelicans front office stopped at Costco to purchase $1,500 worth of much-needed supplies to take home to his Jackson neighborhood.
Fans wishing to give to the relief efforts during the games simply brought their monetary donation to the ballpark. Donations were collected during a between-inning break.
Thanks to MBBC’s Ryan Ibbotson for this capcom story & photo.