Colts, Pacers donate $20K to Red Cross for explosion relief; Colts host drive-thru donation event

Players, cheerleaders rally support at event

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Pacers have donated $20,000 to help with recovery efforts in the aftermath of the south side explosion.

"Both Herb (Simon) and I share a deep love of our community and we thought it was appropriate and the right thing to do," said Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Both teams are encouraging their fans to contribute to the Red Cross.

"When we see our fellow citizens in need, we need to step up," said Pacers owner Herb Simon.

A donation event was running Monday at the O'Charley's restaurant at Emerson Avenue and Southport Road from 3 to 7 p.m.

Colts cheerleaders, player Pat McAfee and mascot Blue were scheduled to attend to help raise funds for the Red Cross.

Emmis Communications said it would match the donations up to $1,000.

JMV from radio station 1070 The Fan was offering up the Colts items in exchange for a recommended donation, including club seats for Colts games and helmets, footballs and a jersey autographed by Colts players.

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