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Upstate Giving, June 1, 2020

Staff Report //June 1, 2020//

Upstate Giving, June 1, 2020

Staff Report //June 1, 2020//

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The Greenville Drive and Upstate fans contributed $5,000 last week to Greenville’s COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, a food, housing and medical assistance fund spearheaded by United Way of Greenville County.

The minor league baseball venue raised money for the fund through the sale of Delta Apparel-printed “Safe at Home” T-shirts. About 200 shirts were sold since the new coronavirus reached the state in early March, according to a news release.

“It’s a privilege for the Drive to work directly with Meghan and the United Way team on creative and impactful ways to give back to the community during this challenging time for everyone,” Craig Brown, owner and president of the Greenville Drive, said in the release. “There’s no better example than this simple and creative ‘Safe at Home’ T-shirt initiative, and we’re so grateful for the entire community’s support in helping give back to those who need it most.”

Thus far, the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund has raised more than $1 million for local efforts to mitigate the financial impact of the virus, said the release. Since March, more than $370,000 has been used to offer food, housing and other services to those in need.

“We are incredibly thankful for the creative and generous team at the Drive, who immediately raised their hands to help,” Meghan Barp, president and CEO of United Way of Greenville County, said in the release. “We thank each person who purchased a shirt in support of this effort, as well as Craig Brown and the entire team at the Greenville Drive for their tremendous partnership and commitment to our community.”