As firefighters from across California and neighboring states continue working feverishly to contain the fires that have resulted in multiple casualties and destroyed thousands of structures, the Raiders are doing their part to help with those efforts.
Prior to the Raiders’ week 6 match-up with the Chargers in Oakland, the team announced they had donated $1 million to the wildfire relief efforts in the North Bay.$
The Raiders’ pledge will be facilitated by American Red Cross and fans who would like to contribute can do so via the Raiders-specific microsite at www.redcross.org/raiders-pub.
“Everyone in the Bay Area has been affected by the devastating fires in the North Bay, said Raiders owner Mark Davis in a statement. “Many lives and thousands of homes have been lost during this tragedy. The Raider Nation salutes the first responders who heroically have been battling the flames and providing relief throughout the region. Santa Rosa and Napa have served as the Raiders’ summer home for over 40 years. During that time we have built long lasting relationships with the people and businesses of those communities. In this time of need.. we will be there for you.. as you have been there for us..”
In addition to the donation announcement, the team did not light the Al Davis torch and had a moment of silence prior to the game.
This donation is above and beyond the $450K donation last week from the combination of several Bay Area professional sports teams.
The North Bay fires, which started on Sunday, October 8th, are some of the most destructive wildfires in California history.