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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

For a good cause

From the Reds:

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo is going to donate $100 for every strikeout to Homes For Our Troops, an organization that provides homes at no cost to injured or disabled servicemen and servicewomen and their immediate families.

Arroyo will be available to the media Sunday at noon in the field level interview room at Great American Ball Park. He will be joined by John Gonsalves, president and founder of Homes For Our Troops; Glenn Cohen of Gaylord Sports Management; Iraq war veteran Cpl. Bobby Isaacs, who received a home in Roxboro, North Carolina as part of the program; and Sgt. Larry Gill of Homes For Our Troops, who won two Purple Hearts fighting in Vietnam, Beirut, the Persian Gulf and Iraq.

As part of the Homes For Our Troops program, one local serviceman or servicewoman will be selected as the recipient of a new home.

Arroyo's contributions through his Strikeouts For Our Troops program will be donated to the general fund of Homes For Our Troops, which also features the Birdies For The Brave campaign of PGA golfer Phil Mickelson.

In addition to his baseball performance-based donation, Arroyo also will contribute to Homes For Our Troops a portion of the proceeds from this Sunday's 7:00 p.m. concert at the opening of the Lodge Bar on Seventh Street in downtown Cincinnati. Proceeds from that concert also will benefit the Reds Community Fund and its baseball outreach programs.

Tickets to Sunday night's concert are $25 per person with a limited number of VIP passes available for $100 that include the opportunity to meet Arroyo and complimentary food and beverages. For more information on that concert, log on to www.reds.com/arroyoconcert or call (513) 721-9400.


at 1:27 PM Blogger Tom said...

Sound like a good gesture but

He is on pace for 152 Ks

Just how far does $15200 go on a house

at 152 Ks the Reds are paying him $28782.89 per K this season

So he is willing to donate around what he will make for 1/2 of 1 K

but maybe I interpreted it wrong and he is giving $100 for each team K not just what he does

at 1:33 PM Blogger John Fay said...

It's one thing he's doing for one charity. He does as much as anyone for the Reds Community Fund. He played those benefits last year.

at 1:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think $15K is alot more than $0 in which he didn't have to give.

Do you see anyone else giving that?

It's shame you have to put such a negative spin on something like this. Remember this the next time you walk by the Red Cross at Christmas time when you don't put anything in, or put a $1 in when you could give so much more based on what you make....

You even responding to this is in that way is a shame and disrespectul.

at 2:34 PM Blogger HoosierVirg said...

Good for Bronson, he is a class act! Other than watching Junior climb the homerun list there are two other players I would pay just to see play, Arroyo and Hamilton. John, I went to the last two games and I was wondering, was that Betsy Ross doing the field announcements last might? Sure did sound like her.

at 2:46 PM Anonymous Tom from Oakwood said...

He could be like most people and not lift a finger and criticize those who do.

Sort of like you...

If everyone did something, we'd be much better off.

at 2:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Tom, I bet you don't donate as much as one towel rack for one of those homes. I suggest you not insult Arroyo (or anyone else) until you're doing more than they are.

at 3:05 PM Blogger tom dunne said...

Strange times we live in, when someone is questioned for donating $15,000 to charity.

at 3:41 PM Blogger Pat said...

sounds like tom wants to match Arroyo's contribution.

at 9:21 PM Anonymous RedHead said...

No one can do everything; but everyone can do something.

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