OMW hasn't heard this on the air yet on the Big One, but this one IS a Big One.
The Cleveland Indians are the driving force in this effort to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, starting this Thursday morning at Jacobs Field. WTAM's involvement includes morning team "Wills and Coleman", who broadcast their show live from Gateway Plaza there Thursday and Friday, and will be collecting money for the American Red Cross' Katrina relief fund.
The team itself will also be collecting money during home games from September 8 through September 11. That last one is a big game - as the Tribe hosts the Minnesota Twins in a nationally televised tilt (ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball").
This press release from the Tribe details it. We reprint it, in full, below. It also mentions another Indians media partner, WEWS/5, but doesn't detail what NewsChannel 5 is doing in this particular effort...presumably, at least, Channel 5 will broadcast public service announcements about the effort.
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced their plan, with the support of media partners WTAM and WEWS-TV5, to raise a minimum of $100,000 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts through monetary contributions from the Indians organization and Tribe fans.
The Indians have scheduled THREE (3) MONETARY COLLECTION DRIVES next week (September 8-11) in addition to the contributions made from the Indians Players and Organization:
WTAM WILLS & COLEMAN MORNING SHOW COLLECTION LIVE AT GATEWAY PLAZA SEPTEMBER 8 & 9 FROM 5AM-9AM
WTAM Wills and Coleman Morning Show to broadcast their entire show live from Gateway Plaza at Jacobs Field on September 8 & 9. From 5AM-9AM Tribe fans can come downtown to make monetary contributions. Fans making a cash donation will receive a "special thank you gift" from the Indians while supplies last. The collection booth will be located in front of the WTAM tent on Gateway Plaza. Fans can DRIVE their cars to the collection booth by accessing Gateway Plaza via Eagle Ave. off both Ontario St. and E. 9th St. in downtown Cleveland.
GAMEDAY COLLECTION DRIVE TO BE HELD INSIDE JACOBS FIELD DURING TRIBE HOME GAMES SEPTEMBER 8-11
The Indians plan to play host to a monetary collection drive inside Jacobs Field during their home games next week September 8-11. The collection drive will be run from the time gates open for each game until the 7th inning in two locations (Sections 157 & 541). Fans making a cash donation will receive a "special thank you gift" from the Indians while supplies last.
PROCEEDS FROM SEPTEMBER 10 SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT RED CROSS
All of the proceeds from CIC's upcoming Silent Auction on Saturday, September 10 to benefit the ARC Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. The auction, located on the main concourse at section 157, will feature an autographed team bat, a game used autographed base and other one of kind Indians memorabilia.