Cleveland Indians Week of Caring November 16-20 to Support NE Ohio

CLEVELAND, OH - The spirit of giving will be celebrated the week of November 16 when the Cleveland Indians organization team with Delaware North Companies Sportservice (DNC), Progressive® Insurance and the Cleveland Foodbank for the "Indians Week of Caring". The week of November 16-20 will be highlighted by community events to support those in need within northeast Ohio.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 16 - 5AM-9AM: 2011 Holiday Food Drive on Gateway Plaza at Progressive Field The Cleveland Indians in collaboration with the car insurance company, Progressive will host a holiday food drive on the Gateway Plaza to support the Cleveland Foodbank. Supporters can drive up to Gateway Plaza of Progressive Field (Eagle Ave via Ontario St. or E. 9th St.) and drop off designated food items from 5:00AM- 9:00AM. Participants are encouraged to bring "Super Six" items: peanut butter, tuna fish, canned vegetables, canned soup, beef stew, and cereal. Cash donations are also accepted, and for every dollar donated, the Foodbank can provide enough food for four (4) nutritious meals. Those participating in the food drive have the opportunity to win great 2012 Cleveland Indians baseball tickets and autographed items! Participants providing either food or monetary donations will have one entry for a drawing to win Tribe game tickets and autographed items. Participants are encouraged to provide a business card for entry.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18: Cleveland Indians & Progressive Insurance Take Over the Foodbank Volunteers from the Cleveland Indians front office staff and Progressive partner on November 18 from 9:00AM-12:00PM to pack, sort, and prepare food at the Cleveland Foodbank. The donated food items will then be distributed to various hunger programs across NE Ohio.

SUNDAY, NOV 20 - 11AM-3PM: Thanksgiving Dinner Served at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field The Cleveland Indians will partner with DNC Sportservice and area non-profit service organizations to prepare and serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to 375 individuals and families in the Cleveland community at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. Attendees will be entertained by area bands provided by Vyne Entertainment with scheduled appearances by Slider and the Hot Dog Mascots. The Thanksgiving dinner will be served by Cleveland Indians Executive Front Office staff. Gifts, arts and crafts will also be available to those in attendance. Five (5) local non-profit organizations will be designating attendees: Berea Children's Home, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, City Mission, Our Lady of the Wayside, and Shoes and Clothes for Kids.

The Cleveland Indians are proud to serve the Northeast Ohio community by providing a variety of Community Relations programs. Each year, many youth have the chance to connect with the Cleveland Indians through three strategic community outreach areas and programs: educational, recreational and humanitarian.

Each program is designed to help improve the quality of life for others, support youth to reach their full potential and foster self-confidence. We embrace the opportunity to be responsible corporate citizens serving the Greater Cleveland communities. For more information visit indians.com/community.

Progressive® Insurance is headquartered in Mayfield Village, Ohio. Nearly 25,000 Progressive people work in more than 350 offices throughout the United States. The Progressive Core Values - Integrity, the Golden Rule, Objectives, Excellence and Profit - guide their business decisions every day, and their culture embodies an exciting, team-oriented workplace with an open mindset and diversity in people and ideas. This innovative, rewarding environment encourages Progressive people to achieve superior customer satisfaction and results.

The Cleveland Foodbank provides nutritious food to local nonprofit organizations which serve hungry individuals across northeast Ohio, 33 percent of them being children. This year, the Foodbank distributed enough food for 29 million meals to 620 local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies such as child-care centers and homes for the elderly in six counties including Cuyahoga, Ashland, Richland, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula. For more information, visit www.clevelandfoodbank.org

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Each year Delaware North Companies (DNC) Sportservice donates more than $1,000,000 to Cleveland area non-profit organizations that participate in its fundraising program. DNC Sportservice and the Cleveland Indians have partnered since 1994 to help church groups, schools and various charitable not-for-profit organizations reach their fundraising goals each year. Volunteers from the organization come to the ballpark to provide first-class guest service in concession stands and in-seat vending in exchange for a donation to their organization.