Cardinals contribute to Yarnell fire assistance

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals announced a number of initiatives in support of those affected by the devastating wildfires in Northern Arizona.

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill delivered a $100,000 check to the 100 Club of Arizona, which provides immediate financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

“Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the devastating and tragic events this week, especially the families of the 19 brave members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives serving our community,” said Michael Bidwill. “Our team is proud to assist the ongoing efforts and encourage our fans, the community and Arizona businesses to support these relief initiatives.”

A Cardinals contingent visited an American Red Cross Shelter in Prescott to meet with 60 displaced homeowners and other service personnel. The group includes defensive tackle David Carter, team mascot Big Red, Nicole Bidwill and her rescue dog Barney. The shelters are providing places to stay for those evacuated from their homes in the wake of the fires.

The team is planning additional fundraising and assistance initiatives that will be rolled out to coincide with the start of the Cardinals training camp and the 2013 season.

Those wishing to contribute to the 100 Club’s Survivor Fund can follow this link.

Additional relief efforts can be supported through the local chapter of the American Red Cross.