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Irsay pledges $50,000 to Indiana tornado relief

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On Friday, multiple tornadoes hit southern Indiana.  Colts owner Jim Irsay has pledged $50,000 to assist the victims.

The team announced the donation on Saturday.

It’s a nice gesture by Irsay.  And we encourage others to do the same.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be $50,000.  By texting REDCROSS to 90999, a $10 donation to the effort can be made.

Also, donations can be made by phone by calling the Hoosiers Helping Hoosiers Emergency Phone Bank at WISH-TV at 317-923-8888 tonight from 6 p.m. until midnight or tomorrow morning from 7 a.m. until noon.

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35 Responses to “Irsay pledges $50,000 to Indiana tornado relief”
  1. sportsreporterusa says: Mar 3, 2012 10:41 PM

    This is a foreshadowing of things to come next week when Irsay announces that the Colts are picking up the option on Manning.

  2. illwillthemick says: Mar 3, 2012 10:50 PM

    alright a million air donates a lil bit cool.. good for him.. but im sure he could do better

  3. packerman1968 says: Mar 3, 2012 10:59 PM

    To bad this great gesture will be forgotten in a week, when he has to cut ties with Manning.

  4. stairwayto7 says: Mar 3, 2012 11:00 PM

    $50,000? That is not even enough for a house! A billionare giving out change!

  5. mgm36 says: Mar 3, 2012 11:12 PM

    I expected him to donate at least $250,000, $50,000 is like a few hundred to this guy

  6. lombardihero says: Mar 3, 2012 11:12 PM

    Maybe he could give the 28 million he is going to save when he cuts Manning.

  7. gguffey says: Mar 3, 2012 11:24 PM

    Packer@ss…talk about stupid! Yeah, u

  8. staffordsyear says: Mar 3, 2012 11:27 PM

    Quit knockin the guy..at least hes givin something..its 50,000$,that money will go to good use.

  9. supremeomega says: Mar 3, 2012 11:34 PM

    How much did you donate? What are you doing for others? 50K isn’t much for Irsay but did you even give 5 dollars?

  10. kd727 says: Mar 3, 2012 11:42 PM

    There’s some awfully righteous commenters we have on here tonight, criticizing a man who donated 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS to one cause. How much have you macho men donated?

  11. j0esixpack says: Mar 3, 2012 11:45 PM

    Irsay is worth $1.4 BILLION dollars. Someone do the math, but my guess is that’s a pretty low proportion of his disposable income and a pretty pathetic excuse to issue a press release.

    http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/10/billionaires-2010_James-Irsay_BYI3.html

    Any guy who spent $2.4 million on a original manuscript of “On the Road” can afford to add a zero or two to that amount.

  12. pikindaguy says: Mar 4, 2012 12:00 AM

    That’s a lot of text messages he had to send.

  13. truthfactory says: Mar 4, 2012 12:03 AM

    One of the strangest, and yet most generous billionaires in the world. Not just with this disasters, but countless others as well…

  14. kingdavid56 says: Mar 4, 2012 12:07 AM

    He is an idiot with his pr moves. But you have to tip your hat to him here, while some people say only $50k at least it’s something.

  15. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 4, 2012 12:16 AM

    He’s going to be saving $35 million this year, so this donation feels a little light.

  16. knicks4life says: Mar 4, 2012 1:03 AM

    Cheap bast4rd

  17. dempsey63 says: Mar 4, 2012 1:38 AM

    For all we know, he might quietly have donated $10 million but announced it as $50,000 so that the rest of us wouldn’t think of the victims’ problems as being solved without any need for our contributions.

  18. mrslay1 says: Mar 4, 2012 2:04 AM

    Hey folks… Branson Mo. Got hit very bad as well and left people without homes and such. They could sure use some help as well.

  19. skinsfanwill says: Mar 4, 2012 2:23 AM

    I applaud him. How many of us will give $50?

  20. bennyd720 says: Mar 4, 2012 2:29 AM

    while I concur that it’s great he is donating something, I’ll have to say that $50,000 is an embarrassing number for someone of his financial status to be proud about donating given the scope of the disaster. Like someone already said, that doesn’t even replace one house…

  21. onebucplace says: Mar 4, 2012 3:15 AM

    Figures a bunch of nothings that have never done anything for anyone would criticize over a generous donation. You know how long you morons will have to flip burgers to make that much cash?

  22. jenniferxxx says: Mar 4, 2012 4:57 AM

    He’s donated $50,000 to the ‘Please Don’t Hate Me For Dumping Peyton Manning” fund.

  23. hillshirefarmsgomeat says: Mar 4, 2012 5:11 AM

    illwillthemick, mgm36, stairwayto7, how much have you all given? $50,000 will buy A LOT of supplies that will help A LOT of people.

  24. hooks024 says: Mar 4, 2012 5:34 AM

    Guy hands peyton manning $26 million to do nothing last year, and all he had for this is 50 g’s? Something smells funny here, and I think it’s jim’s sense of charity.

  25. jenniferxxx says: Mar 4, 2012 7:00 AM

    “You know how long you morons will have to flip burgers to make that much cash?”

    You do know that Irsay inherited his fortune, right? And that he did absolutely nothing to earn any of it.

  26. brj1212 says: Mar 4, 2012 7:36 AM

    In a stunning PR move…PEyton Manning just donated $51,000 to make IRSAY look bad again…

  27. larryfinfan says: Mar 4, 2012 8:15 AM

    Nice gesture, but is that all since he isn’t going to pay Manning the $28M bonus that he can afford ??

    Seriously tho, I’m happy for the folks who will be help and I do applaud Irsay for this…

  28. bumbler19 says: Mar 4, 2012 8:59 AM

    Well if he had wanted to make everyone forget about Manning he could rebuild that area. To hell with the cost. A Billionaire and only $50,000? That’s like us “burger flippers” donating 50¢ to someone whos house just burnt down.

    Wha a chump!

  29. chaser68 says: Mar 4, 2012 9:17 AM

    I always love how everyone is an expert at spending other’s money

  30. kmack831 says: Mar 4, 2012 10:39 AM

    If we all gave $5 bucks say that we all make $50,000 a year. We would give .01 percent of worth.

    Jim giving 50k is aprox .0035 %. If he gave = to the .01 % that we gave it would be 140k

    So the 50k from a billionaire is about us giving $1.75. POCKET CHANGE!!

    What should happen is he give with out anyone noticing. And not take the focus off the poor Tornado victims.

    Also Give more than a Buck 75 Jim… If you really Care about the people and helping out, instead of trying to appear to be a good guy.

  31. IrsaysTwitterThumb says: Mar 4, 2012 10:52 AM

    50,000 > 10

  32. sportsreporterusa says: Mar 4, 2012 11:04 AM

    Wow – I am glad that I am following this.

    Guys – as someone who has been involved in charitable fundraising for 10 + years this is a initial gift that is going to increase.

    BTW – while you guys can mock a $50,000 contribution all you want, it makes you look small and petty.

    I can guarantee you that the Development Officer of the non-profit organization is very thankful for that kind of leadership contribution which by the way none of you really know what kind of funding levels the non-profit is calling for.

    For all you know – $50,000 is the upper tier contribution that is being called for.

    Everyone on this board needs to call that number and make a contribution especially those that are mocking a $50,000 gift.

  33. mrslay1 says: Mar 4, 2012 2:13 PM

    spoken like a true demacrap!!! What have you ever done thats so speical. Worry about your own penny and be glad Irsay and people like him look over your stupidity!

  34. vousetesunxxxx says: Mar 4, 2012 2:42 PM

    @mrslay1

    Judging by your phrasing, and lack of appropriate punctuation, you must be the child that “no child left behind” left behind.

  35. lilyflower64 says: Mar 16, 2012 7:48 AM

    I live in one of the communities hit by the tornado. The issue isn’t the amount of the donation. The money belongs to him and he should be able to give any amount he chooses and to the charity of his choice. The issue is, how much of the actual donation actually ends up going to the victims? I have been in the mist of the distraction since day one and I can honestly tell you the red cross is a joke. I will never give another penny to this organization.

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