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Press Release

12/21/2010 10:56 AM ET
Major Leaguers contribute $5,000 each to PROJECT C.U.R.E. and Medicines for Humanity
Contributions from the Players Trust to help fight cholera outbreak in Haiti

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- On Tuesday, Major League Baseball players continued their support of earthquake relief and recovery efforts in Haiti by awarding a combined $10,000 in grants from the Players Trust to PROJECT C.U.R.E. and Medicines for Humanity. The funds will be used by the humanitarian organizations to purchase medical supplies to help Haitian healthcare providers fight the outbreak of cholera.

Today’s grants are part of the players’ previously announced $1 million, long-term commitment to help Haitians overcome the affects of this devastating disaster.

“Recovering and rebuilding after a natural disaster is an ongoing and difficult process, and Major Leaguers are committed to making sure the needs of Haiti continue to be met,” said Curtis Granderson, MLBPA representative and New York Yankees outfielder. “As we approach the anniversary of the earthquake, we urge others to do their part to make sure the needs of Haiti are not forgotten.”

“The Players Trust’s generous donation to PROJECT C.U.R.E. allows us to provide life-saving medical supplies and equipment to hospitals, clinics and partners on the ground in Haiti so that hurting patients can receive desperately-needed care,” said George Roberge, vice president of operations for PROJECT C.U.R.E. “We are very grateful for the Players Trust’s continued support of our organization.”

“The Players Trust was one of the first to reach out to the people of Haiti after the earthquake,” said Tim Bilodeau, Medicines for Humanity’s executive director. “In response to the recent cholera epidemic, the organization took action once again -- not only to help treat cholera, but also to prevent its spread. Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers continue to demonstrate their steadfast commitment to save lives in Haiti.”

PROJECT C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment) has been shipping medical supplies and equipment to a hospital in Marchand Dessalines to help fight the cholera outbreak. In addition to tubing, needles and catheters, these shipments also include much-needed IV fluids. PROJECT C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world.

Medicines for Humanity (MFH) has worked to improve maternal and child health in Haiti for more than eight years, and they will use the Trust contribution to cover the costs of oral rehydration salts, water purification tablets, doxycycline hyclate and zinc sulphate monohydrate. All of these items will help in the prevention of the spread of cholera. MFH has been a partner of the Players Trust since 2002 in providing lifesaving medicines and health services to people in the Dominican Republic.

In January of this year, Major Leaguers announced their pledge to provide grants totaling up to $1 million over the next five years to support the efforts of non-profit organizations working to help Haiti recover from the earthquake. At that time, the Players Trust announced $100,000 contributions each to Esperanza and Medicines for Humanity.

The pledge to Haiti matched the single largest financial contribution ever made by the Players Trust. In 2005, in a demonstration of their commitment to rebuilding the Gulf region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Players Trust presented a gift of $1 million to launch the Volunteers of America Rental Housing Development Fund. That contribution, along with contributions from other organizations, was used to develop affordable rental housing in the Gulf Coast region.

About the Major League Baseball Players Trust
The members of the Major League Baseball Players Association created the Players Trust, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, to provide resources of caring to those in need by volunteering in causes close to their hearts and encouraging others to do the same. The foundation became the first of its kind in professional sports established and administered by the players. For additional information, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com and visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust.