USC, KMPC Spearhead Hurricane Katrina Relief Fundraiser At Saturday's Game

Sept. 15, 2005

The back-to-back football national champion USC Trojans and flagship radio station KMPC 1540 'The Ticket' have announced a major fundraising effort for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It will take place at USC's home opener Saturday (Sept. 17) as the Trojans host Arkansas at 7:15 p.m. A sellout crowd is expected.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the Red Cross will set up 'donation stations' throughout the concourse of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the ballgame. Assisting the Red Cross will be 1540 'The Ticket' on-air personalities including Tony Bruno, Mark Willard and Petros Papadakis, as well as numerous USC student-athletes and volunteers.

'The USC Athletic Department takes its responsibility to be good partners in the community seriously,' USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett said. 'We're pleased to be partnering with 1540 `The Ticket' in this effort to raise awareness and money for the Red Cross to assist Hurricane Katrina victims.'

'Upwards of a million people are still suffering from the disastrous effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the Red Cross is providing their emergency needs for food, water, clothing and shelter,' said Bill Hopkins, Advancement Officer for the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles. 'We are very grateful for the support of KMPC and the USC community in helping us save lives and alleviate human suffering.'

In addition to reaching out to the fans who will be attending the game, the USC Alumni Association is inviting its 50,000 member database to participate in this fundraiser and KMPC's parent company, The Sporting News, is asking its employees to support the joint fundraising effort.

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