The St. Louis Cardinals & Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, announced a special joint effort to help raise money for Officer Michael Flamion of the Ballwin Police Department who suffered permanent injuries that have left him paralyzed after being shot from behind as he conducted a traffic stop on July 8th.
"Our thoughts and prayers have been with Officer Flamion and his family since this senseless tragedy," said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals. "It is important for Officer Flamion to know our community is there for him as he embarks on a long recovery process."
Starting today, fans purchasing tickets at cardinals.com/soccer to the upcoming match between Liverpool F.C. versus A.S. Roma on Monday, August 1, will have the option of using a special promotional code (BALLWINPD) to ensure that 50% of the sale proceeds are given directly to the Gary Sinise Foundation fund that has been established to assist Officer Flamion and his family. Fans must use the promo code BALLWINPD when ordering tickets online at cardinals.com/soccer in order for their ticket purchase to be eligible for donation.
"St. Louis is a special community," said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. "When we first learned about this, we felt we had to do something to help. We hope our fans will rally behind this cause."
With a mission of serving and honoring the needs of defenders and first responders, the Gary Sinise Foundation has strong ties in Missouri among many other communities across the country. They participated in building specially adapted smart homes for two severely wounded veterans in Missouri, and most recently through their R.I.S.E (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, they specially modified the home of U.S. Army veteran SPC. Chris Sanna in House Springs, MO. Mobilizing donors, local business partners and the entire community was crucial to support these heroes and their families, as is the current fundraising effort underway.
"Each day our police officers put their lives on the line, doing dangerous work to keep our communities safe. Though we can never do enough to show our gratitude to these brave men and women, we can always do more. In the wake of this tragic event on July 8th when Officer Michael Flamion was shot in the neck while making a routine traffic stop, the Gary Sinise Foundation is ready to assist in the effort to support Officer Flamion, his family, and the community he so faithfully serves," said Gary Sinise.