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Heat-Up St.Louis Doubles Its First Fundraiser: Susan Edwards

200 Volunteers Raised A Record Breaking $20,000 For Needy Families Who Can't Afford To Pay Their Winter Heating Bills

Immediate Release: (Monday, Oct. 20) Even though the weather was very balmy, St. Louis Rams fans went deep into their pockets and helped area needy families pay their upcoming winter heating bills, beginning in November. This past Sunday before the Rams and Green Bay game area volunteers from CitiMortgage, FOX 2, Hooters Girls, Mozaic Group, and St. Louis Firefighters participated in the annual second Boot Out Old Man Winter and Heat-Up St. Louis fundraiser. The goal was set at $10,000, but the army of volunteers raised $20,000.

All administrative costs are underwritten so that every dime donated goes to helping the needy. This event was mainly underwritten by Citigroup. Pisa Tinoisamoa of the St. Louis Rams served as this year's honorary chairperson. John Pertzborn, Rocky Madden, Bonita Cornute and John Gaskin were among the volunteers from FOX 2, the only media station personalities who attended.

"Thanks to the generosity of the St. Louis Rams and their fans and all of our sponsors, we were able to exceed our goal," said St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George. "People realized that with the though economy there is still a need to help pay for those upcoming winter heating bills, despite the nice weather this past Sunday."

"Winter is a serious time for needy families, because they are dealing with one emergency after another," says St. Louis Fire Chief Sherman George and a member of Heat-Up St. Louis board of directors. "Unfortunately, these emergencies may cause some to use unsafe methods of heating their homes which will endanger them and their surrounding neighbors."

Heat-Up St. Louis, Inc., is a regional not-for-profit, non-utility energy assistance charity providing supplementary heat grants to elderly and disabled people and low-income families with small children who can not afford to pay for their high delinquent heating bills in the winter, in about 18 Missouri and Illinois counties, including the City of St. Louis.

Those who did not attend the game can still make a tax-deductible donation to Heat-Up St. Louis, Inc., c/o UMB Bank, P.O. Box 868, St. Louis, Missouri 63188, or call 314-241-7668.

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