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Boomsday's "Labor of Love" Hurricane Relief Drive
September 1, 2005 - On Sunday, Sept. 4,
not only will more than 250,000 Boomsday XVIII spectators view the
nation's largest Labor Day fireworks show, but they'll also have the
opportunity to lend a helping hand to thousands of Hurricane Katrina
victims hundreds miles away in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
a press conference at Volunteer Landing, the location of Boomsday
XVIII, Mayor Bill Haslam, Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale, Knoxville
Tourism and Sports Corporation and Red Cross Knoxville announced the
details of the Boomsday "Labor of Love" Hurricane Relief Drive scheduled
to take place during Boomsday XVIII.
"As we celebrate this Labor Day weekend with the kick off of
the UT Football season and an evening of fireworks, I know that all
of us will be thinking of our fellow citizens who are suffering in
Louisiana and Mississippi," Mayor Haslam said.
of cash and checks for the American Red Cross (ARC) will be collected
from Boomsday XVIII attendees at two clearly marked, ARC-approved,
secure drop-off tents on Neyland Drive from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. during
the Boomsday XVIII festivities. Please note NO ONE will be going through
the crowd collecting money - please give to the sanctioned Red Cross
workers at the booths only.
The booth locations are on Neyland Drive near the Tennessee Grill
and also on Neyland Drive between the Henley Street Bridge and the
Checks to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina should be made out
to the Knoxville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. Donations
at Boomsday XVIII must be in the form of either cash or check.
Credit card processing for hurricane relief will not be available
at Boomsday XVIII. Those wishing to make a credit card donation for
the relief effort may do so by visiting the ARC's Knoxville Area Chapter's
website at www.knoxarc.org.
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