Coronavirus: Cincinnati Reds launch $1M relief fund for gameday staff

Reds starter Trevor Bauer pitches against the Cubs on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. DAVID JABLONSKI / STAFF

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Reds starter Trevor Bauer pitches against the Cubs on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. DAVID JABLONSKI / STAFF

Gameday staff can now apply for the Cincinnati Reds  Gameday Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund, which provides short-term assistance to those experiencing significant financial  hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Eligible employees are being notified and may apply through May 31. Those eligible include 2019 gameday staff employed by the Reds and rehired for the 2020 season, along with staff from facilities service provider SBM who have been identified as eligible by SBM, the Reds announced Monday night in a release.

The fund is a charitable program administered by E4E Relief, an independent, third-party public charity. On behalf of the Reds, E4E Relief will manage the application process and will distribute the funds while maintaining gameday staff’s confidentiality.

Reds veteran pitcher Trevor Bauer organized a crowdfunding campaign on March 14, when he personally donated to support Reds gameday workers and encouraged the public to join him. Those efforts so far have raised an additional $24,841, which will be rolled into the Reds Gameday Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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