Donations for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Will be Accepted at Saturday's Wyoming Football Game

Sept. 7, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

As part of a comprehensive University of Wyoming effort in response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the Red Cross of Wyoming will be seeking cash donations at the Cowboy-Louisiana-Monroe football game Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

Red Cross volunteers, student-athletes from Wyoming's 17 teams, and wives of the Cowboy football coaching staff will be located at each of the stadium's six gates with containers for donations. They will accept cash or checks. Fans are asked not to bring canned goods or clothing donations to the game.

"We have so much excitement about our home opener, but it comes with a heavy heart as we look south at what has happened to our friends in Louisiana and Mississippi," UW Athletics Director Gary Barta said Wednesday. "What they are going through puts this game in perspective.

"In true Wyoming fashion, we have received numerous calls and inquiries from fans as to what they can do to help. We are so happy to be a part of the university's response to this disaster, and excited to use our game as a vehicle to help these people."

A web site outlining the University of Wyoming's efforts to assist gulf coast residents affected by Katrina is available on the UW home page: www.uwyo.edu.

"We are thrilled to have this unique opportunity to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina during Saturday's football game," said Kace (pronounced Kasey) Sanders, interim CEO of the Red Cross of Wyoming. "There will be plenty of Red Cross volunteers on hand accepting donations, so you can rest assured every donation taken during the game will go directly to aid the victims of this terrible tragedy."

Volunteers will be stationed at the stadium gates one-and-a-half hours prior to the 1:07 p.m. kickoff, and then again following the game, according to Barta.