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Oklahoma tornadoes: OKC Barons to give free tickets to disaster relief donors

by Michael Baldwin Published: May 24, 2013
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The Oklahoma City Barons will give away free tickets to Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Wednesday night at the Cox Convention Center to any fan that makes a donation to the United Way's OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund that will help tornado victims.

For residents of the hardest hit areas of central Oklahoma like Moore, Carney, Shawnee and Newcastle, fans affected may attend any of the three Western Conference finals games next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Cox Convention Center at no charge. Those displaced by the storm simply need to show identification with proof of residency.

On the road for the start of their best-of-7 series, Barons players have assisted the recovery efforts by donating funds in addition to donating supplies and goods like water, sports drinks and diapers to the local United Way.

For the duration of the playoffs the Barons will wear a helmet sticker in the shape of the state of Oklahoma with the words HOME in the middle of the state.

Every penny collected for the United Way OK Strong Disaster Relief fund stays in Oklahoma to assist with long-term medical, emotional and education needs of victims of the tornados. Fans wishing to make additional contributions can go to unitedwayokc.org.

The Barons Western Conference finals opponent, Grand Rapids, the Detroit Red Wings Triple-A team, also is getting involved in raising funds for Oklahoma tornado victims.

During Game 1 Friday night in Michigan donation buckets were located throughout Van Andel Arena. Bell ringers outside the arena raised funds for the Salvation Army's relief efforts.

Grand Rapids players autographed a game-used stick sold for $100 per stick. During the first timeout Grand Rapids officials presented a check to the Red Cross and encouraged fans to make donations via text messages.

Barons season ticket holders who make a donation to the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund who have already purchased Game 3 reserved seats tickets also will receive free tickets.

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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