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"Shake Our Cans and Cool Down St. Louis" Fundraiser
on August 5, August 6 and August 7

St. Louis, MO: For Immediate Release: -- On Friday, August 5, Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7, Cool Down St. Louis is joining the St. Louis Cardinals to help area seniors and the disabled stay cool this summer through the fourth annual Shake Our Cans and Cool Down the Needy fundraiser at Busch Stadium. Cool Down St. Louis is a public cooling assistance charity that provides utility referrals, cooling grants to pay electric bills and distributes air-conditioners to more than 15 Missouri and Illinois counties, including the City of St. Louis.

Volunteers will be wearing bright sunshine yellow caps, with a Cool Down St. Louis logo and carrying canisters. Employees from Citigroup and Elsevier will join area firefighters, board members, and media personalities in collecting donations in yellow and pale buckets two hours before each game at all the entrances and on the corners near Busch Stadium. About 200 volunteers will participate over the weekend.

"Summer is heating up and the possibility of discovering an area senior or disabled who is either sick or dead is a blunt reality," says Melanie DiLeo, chairwoman of the board of directors of the regional cooling charity. "The worst enemy of the elderly is not having the resources to maintain life's essential."

The Hardee's concession stands at the stadium will also donate the entire sales proceeds of the French fries to Cool Down St. Louis during the weekend. Donations may also be sent to: Cool Down St. Louis, c/o UMB Bank, P.O. Box 868, St. Louis, MO 63188, or by credit at the organization's secured website at cooldownstlouis.org. For cooling assistance the public can call, 314-241-7668.

100% of all donations go to the needy, as the all-volunteer 46 member board underwrites all administrative costs. Last summer, the charity received only $25,000 in summer donations, including more than 300 donated air-conditioners. The group is hoping to raise about $10,000 with this Cardinals weekend fundraiser which will help pay high electric bills and purchase much needed air-conditioners for many area qualified seniors and the disabled people.

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