Cool Down St. Louis, the cooling arm of Heat-Up St. Louis, a new nonprofit organization will provide air-conditioners and utility assistance to Missouri and Illinois senior citizens and the disabled this summer. On Sunday, June 3, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., more than 60 volunteers will use large safari hats to collect cash donations at all eight gates at Busch Stadium.
The group is encouraging Cardinal baseball fans and others to drop off their donations to volunteers who will be wearing yellow T-shirts, “Cool Down St. Louis and Heat Up the Cardinals”, donated by Downtown Imprints.
Every dollar donated to Cool Down St. Louis goes to providing assistance to the needy, as Cool Down St. Louis is an all-volunteer organization and all administrative costs are underwritten by members of the board of directors. The Cool Down St. Louis Night at Busch will also include a field ceremony before the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds game.
Fred Bird will join Founder Gentry W. Trotter, Campaign Chairman the Reverend Earl E. Nance, Jr., also president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition, and representatives of ten social service and community action organizations, in promoting their summer-long Emergency Saturday Summer Hat Festivals at 1641 Washington Avenue.
Since its inception about four months ago, the Heat-Up/Cool Down organization has raised more than $100,000.00. Tax-deductible donations may also be sent to Cool Down St. Louis, c/o Truman Bank, P.O. Box 9330, St. Louis, MO 63117. For more information call 241-7668.