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Ontario Reign armed with American Red Cross

(ONTARIO – Citizens Business Bank Arena) The Ontario Reign sported jerseys which signified their support of the American Red Cross on Jan. 21.

By MaryRone Shell (Writer/Producer/Videographer/Editor) & Amanda Elmer (Videographer/Photographer)

The jerseys were designed by famed tattoo artist, Corey Miller – formerly of the reality television show LA Ink.

The jerseys depicted the unique symbol of a phoenix rising from the ashes and flames which signified the dedication of the American Red Cross and their response in disaster situations; they always rise to such occasions.

That night, it was the Colorado Eagles that fell as the phoenix rose leading the Reign to a 4-2 victory.

The American Red Cross night was in conjunction with the their “Hope 365″ campaign which aims to promote their tireless ongoing efforts to help those in need all year long.

While the American Red Cross is often one of the first responders to disasters world wide, they also offer an array of services to people in everyday situations.

They offer life-saving education courses which include cardiopulmonary resuscitation  (CPR) and they even train certified nursing assistants (CNA).

They help out individual victims and families of fires.

One of the major sponsors of the American Red Cross is Circle K.

“We have been collecting nickles and dimes and quarters from our customers in little red cans,” said Tim Tourek, the west coast vice president of Circle K.

Tourek said their partnership began shortly after the Haiti earthquake and it has continued with nights like this jersey night.

Fans bid on the specially designed jerseys and received the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite Reign players.

If you’d like to get involved with the Inland Empire chapter of the American Red Cross, you can do so by visiting their website at www.ie-redcross.org.

The Reign will continue their smashing season of winning and giving. If you’d like more information on the Reign, visit their website at www.ontarioreign.com.

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