Major Leaguers to Build Homes and Raise Funds for Natural Disaster Victims Through a Pair of Dallas Events in Late November

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Major Leaguers to Build Homes and Raise Funds for Natural Disaster Victims Through a Pair of Dallas Events in Late November

Players Trust launches new "Returning Home" initiative to benefit victims of natural disasters
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Hall of Famer Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez and MLB All-Stars Jose Altuve and Christian Yelich will serve as hosts for a pair of Players Trust events in Dallas, TX in late November to benefit recent natural disaster victims

The Dallas events are part of the Players Trust's new "Returning Home" initiative, created by Major Leaguers to support disaster relief and recovery efforts

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a native of Puerto Rico, has been actively involved in efforts to assist the relief and recover efforts in Puerto Rico

Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is presently appearing in the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he has eagerly stepped to the plate to serve as a co-host of the Players Trust's upcoming "Returning Home" events in Dallas

Christain Yelich, an All-Star outfielder with the Miami Marlins, is also serving as a host for the upcoming "Returning Home" events, which benefit disaster victims across the Americas, including the recent fires in California

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 2:30pm

October 27, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The Major League Baseball Players Trust announced it will be hosting a pair of events in Dallas, TX on Wednesday, November 29 to help provide housing for Houston flood victims and raise funds and awareness for those suffering in the wake of natural disasters in California, the Caribbean, Florida, Mexico and Texas.

From 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM (local time) on November 29, Major Leaguers will roll up their sleeves to help displaced flood victims return home, when they visit the Habitat for Humanity warehouse in Dallas to frame two houses for victims of the Houston floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.  When complete, the structures will be trucked to their Houston locations where they will be prepared for occupancy in spring 2018.  While at the Dallas warehouse, the players and their families will also assemble holiday gift packages for the 177 Houston Habitat for Humanity families who lost their homes to the flooding. 

Later that evening, the Players Trust will host a fund-raising dinner and auction at the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas, presented by Topps and Infield Chatter, to benefit victims of the recent disasters that have devastated areas across the Americas.

Current and former players presently scheduled to join hosts Hall of Famer Pudge Rodriguez, José Altuve and Christian Yelich include Hector Santiago, Rajai Davis, Jerry Blevins, Rhys Hoskins, Scott Oberg, Bo Schultz, Jake Thompson, Cameron Rupp, Chris Davis, LaTroy Hawkins, Russell Branyan, Brett Hayes, Mike Lincoln, as well as former players among the Major League Baseball Players Association staff, including Executive Director Tony Clark, Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, Bobby Bonilla, Steve Rogers, Jose Cruz, Jr., Rick Helling, Phil Bradley, Mike Myers, Javier Vazquez, Kevin Slowey and Jeffrey Hammonds.

Members of the general public interested in supporting the players’ disaster relief efforts are invited to attend the dinner at the Four Seasons.  For additional information, please visit www.PlayersTrust.org or contact Melissa Persaud of  the Players Trust at 212-826-0809 or via e-mail  at MelissaP@mlbpa.org. (Note: the Habitat for Humanity warehouse framing activity is closed to the general public.)

Many players have personal connections to the communities affected by the recent natural disasters, having either lived and/or played in these regions, and they are committed to providing ongoing support to the hardest hit areas.  They are passionate about doing their part to help their neighbors return home to resume a life of normalcy.

The Players Trust announced in September that it was contributing $1 million to support disaster relief and recovery efforts in the affected areas noted above.  Portions of that contribution have helped deliver aid to Puerto Rico through a partnership with Pacific Prowler Nonprofit’s Operation Airdrop.  Additional grants will be provided to nonprofits working in places players call home, including Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, Project Cure/Curando Mexico, Friends of Caritas Cubana and United Way Worldwide/Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico.  Future grant recipients will be announced as they are identified.

Through their Players Trust, Major Leaguers take an active role in responding to world crises with both financial and in-person support.  The players’ collective focus is to provide funds and awareness in these areas long after the initial contributions stop and the spotlight fades.  Through past experiences, the players understand that the needs in these areas will far outlast the initial response and support.

The Players Trust has now provided nearly $5 million to help disaster affected communities in Cuba, Philippines, Japan, Haiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States by offering financial support to more than 20 nonprofits providing a variety of relief and recovery efforts that focus on immediate relief efforts, local collaboration, volunteerism and sustainability, while assisting and empowering people to rebuild their own communities.

About the Major League Baseball Players Trust -- Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities.  Each year the Players Trust distributes more than $1.5 million in annual grants and programs, and inspires hundreds of thousands of high school students to volunteer in their communities through the Action Team national youth volunteer program.  For additional information, please visit www.PlayersTrust.org. Follow the Trust on Twitter (@MLBPlayersTrust) and Instagram (mlbplayerstrust).

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