The Jacksonville Jaguars teamed up with the American Red Cross to raise $11,313 for families who were affected by Tropical Storm Bonnie, local tornadoes and Hurricane Charley prior to the Jaguars home game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Friday.
Members of JagNet, the team's volunteer wives group, along with 20 Red Cross volunteers and members of the ROAR cheerleader squad collected monetary donations from fans entering the gates at ALLTEL Stadium.
"We had a good response from the fans," stated Linda Del Rio, director of JagNet and the wife of Jaguars' head coach Jack Del Rio. "The people of Jacksonville pull together when there is a crisis such as this, and their generosity makes a big difference."
Del Rio was joined in the efforts by Vicki Harris, wife of Jaguars' vice president of player personnel James Harris, and Carolyn Bailey, wife of director of pro scouting Charles Bailey. Among the coaches' wives on hand were Cristy Anderson and Joan Boudreau. Some of the players' wives who participated were Rebekah Zelenka, Jamie Meester and Erica Luzar.
All three National Football League teams in Florida – the Jaguars, Buccaneers and Dolphins – participated in collection programs at their home games held the past two weekends to aid relief efforts throughout the state and here in Jacksonville.
For more information or to make a donation, please log on to www.nefloridaredcross.org or call 1-800-HELP-NOW.