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Major League Baseball contributes $1 million towards Haitian earthquake relief effort
01/14/2010 2:03 PM ET
Major League Baseball has pledged an immediate donation of $1 million to benefit earthquake victims in Haiti, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today. The donations are being coordinated through UNICEF, which is aiding earthquake victims by providing necessary supplies to assist with recovery efforts including clean water and sanitation, medical supplies and temporary shelter. The contribution is being made on behalf of Major League Baseball, its 30 Clubs, MLB Network and MLB.com.

"Major League Baseball believes it is crucial to help the Haitian community in this time of need," said Commissioner Selig. "It is difficult for us to imagine the catastrophic toll this earthquake has taken on the people of Haiti, a land not far from the United States. We hope this contribution will help aid in the relief efforts and we encourage our fans to make a donation as well. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all who have been affected by this unimaginable natural disaster."

"This generous donation from Major League Baseball will help save the lives of Haitian children," said Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF. "The people of Haiti urgently need food, fresh water, shelter and medical supplies, and the first days are crucial."

"This contribution could not come at a more critical moment for the children of Haiti. MLB's generosity will enable UNICEF to immediately purchase the supplies we need to prevent a second wave of death and suffering, caused by disease and lack of sanitation," said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "We were powerless to prevent Tuesday's occurrence. However, we do have the power to help our neighbors in Haiti shape their future. We are extremely grateful to MLB for believing in the future of Haiti's children."

In addition to the $1 million donation, Major League Baseball has launched an effort to encourage fans to help in the relief efforts as part of its continuing "Going Beyond" campaign to help those in need throughout the global community.

MLB Network will air public service announcements encouraging fans to make donations aiding Haitian relief efforts. MLB.com also will support the relief efforts with editorial coverage, social media outreach and prominently-displayed links to UNICEF where fans can make contributions online.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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