When Fairplex announced that a booth would be set up at Gate 9 on White Avenue for monetary donations for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina, neighbors, residents of surrounding communities, staff and businesses heard and responded.
Fairplex held the drive on Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 4, and more than $105,000 was collected from nearly 2,000 individuals. Fairplex allocated 10,000 L.A. County Fair tickets to the cause, and donations of $25 or more received two tickets to the Fair, which opens Friday, Sept. 9 and concludes on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Fairplex will present a check to representatives of the American Red Cross during the Fair’s opening ceremonies on Friday.
Fairplex is no stranger to the generosity of its guests and participants. After Sept. 11, 2001, and a tremendous response from L.A. County Fair guests, the Red Cross received a check for $250,000.
“We feel very fortunate to have a site that is recognizable and accessible to the public, and that allows us to be able to make a significant contribution to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at a time when so many are in such need,” said Dale Coleman, Fairplex vice president of sales, marketing and creative programming. “We are extremely grateful to everyone who responded.”