The Texans are proud to help those in need after the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the international accounting firm, has contributed $150,000 to the "Texans Helping Texans" campaign started by the Houston Texans to aid people victimized by Hurricane Ike.
PricewaterhouseCoopers' donation pushes the total amount raised in the campaign to $2.325 million, surpassing the goal of $2 million through NFL, corporate and private donations. The Texans announced the creation of the "Texans Helping Texans" campaign prior to the team's game on Sunday, Sept. 21 against the Tennessee Titans.
"We are extremely appreciative of all of the contributions. The overwhelming participation from across the business community makes the name 'Texans Helping Texans' all the more true," Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes said. "We are also looking forward to giving our fans the opportunity to pitch in at Sunday's game. All of us were impacted by Hurricane Ike and it's up to all of us to help rebuild in whatever way we can, no matter how large or small that may be."
Texans owner Bob McNair donated $500,000 to kick off the campaign. McNair's donation was matched by the National Football League and the NFL Players Association, which contributed $500,000 through the league's disaster relief fund. Chevron Corporation contributed $250,000 to give the campaign an initial $1.25 million.
In all, 14 companies based in or with ties to Houston contributed to the "Texans Helping Texans" campaign, and along with Houston Texans vice chairman Philip Burgiéres, combined to give $1.85 million to aid the victims of the storm. The funds will be divided among two relief funds: the Houston Ike Relief Fund, which was established by Houston Mayor Bill White for short term relief such as food, water and medicine for victims, and the United Way for long term goals.
Fans may contribute to the Texans Helping Texans campaign by logging on to HoustonTexans.com, the team's official website through Saturday, October 4. The final donation is expected to be presented at the team's home opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Oct. 5.
Hurricane Ike, which made landfall Saturday, Sept. 13 in Galveston as a severe Category 2 storm, caused extensive damage throughout the nation's fourth-largest city, including damage to the retractable roof at Reliant Stadium.
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|MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO "TEXANS HELPING TEXANS" CAMPAIGN|
|Houston Texans/owner Bob McNair||$500,000|
|National Football League/NFLPA||$500,000|
|Texans vice chairman Philip Burguiéres||$100,000|
|David Weekley Homes||$50,000|
|Academy Sports Outdoors||$25,000|