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San Francisco Giants announce plans to assist Japan03/16/2011 7:39 PM ET
The San Francisco Giants announced today that they will assist the people of Japan in the days and months to come as they recover and rebuild from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku region of northern Japan on Friday, March 11.
The Giants and the Giants Community Fund will make a $12,500 donation to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund established by the "Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (www.jcccnc.org)." The JCCCNC works closely with the National YMCA's of Japan and other Non-Governmental Organizations who will ensure that 100 percent of the donations to this fund go to citizen relief efforts. These relief efforts include providing food, water, clothing, blankets and shelter supplies to those most in need. The Giants encourage their fans to donate to this fund.
When the Giants return home to AT&T Park for an exhibition game on Monday, March 28, versus the Oakland A's, they will have representatives from the community in the park to collect monetary donations for relief and recovery efforts. The Giants will also dedicate their annual Japanese Heritage Night game on Friday, June 3, to the memory of the earthquake and tsunami victims and proceeds from the sales of tickets to the game versus the Colorado Rockies will be donated to the relief efforts.
"We have all experienced great sadness and dismay with the series of tragic events to hit Japan and its citizens. We know that so many of us want to help as we witness the unbelievable and overwhelming devastation to life and property being experienced throughout Japan. It is our intention to spread the word amongst our fans and raise awareness for the many ways they can assist the people of Japan," said Larry Baer, Giants president and chief operating officer.
The Giants have a long and strong tradition of working with the local Japanese community, most recently hosting delegates at AT&T Park from the America-Japan Grassroots Summit held in San Francisco last August, and will continue to raise awareness and funds for the citizens of Japan and the Tohoku region throughout the season. On the field, the historical tie between Japan and Major League Baseball began in San Francisco when Masanori Murakami opened up the major league playing fields for Japanese players when he signed with the Giants in 1964.
For more information on the JCCNC Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund go to www.jcccnc.org or for a complete list of established funds go to the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco website at www.sf.us.emb-japan.go.jp.
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