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Yankees Present $1M for Katrina Relief

September 7, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Yankees presented a check for $1 million to the Salvation Army for its Hurricane Katrina relief effort before the start of Tuesday night’s game against Tampa Bay.

Yankees outfielder Matt Lawton, whose parents’ home in Mississippi was destroyed, took part in the presentation. Lawton’s own home in Gulfport, Miss., also sustained heavy damage, and eight family members were displaced by the hurricane.

Salvation Army representatives will be at Yankee Stadium throughout this week’s six-game homestand, which includes three games against the Boston Red Sox, to collect donations.

``The Yankees recognize the need for people from all over the world to assist in the recovery and the rebuilding of areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina,″ Yankees president Randy Levine said in a statement. ``Unfortunately, New Yorkers know firsthand the anguish associated with such a horrific disaster, but we also know there is great strength and generosity from so many willing to help those in need.

``It is the Yankees’ hope _ and expectation _ that the best fans in the world will follow the lead of so many others in giving of themselves at time when so much is needed.″

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