BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Thousands of Ravens fans turned out to autographs of their favorite players—all while helping the Japanese tsunami victims.

Andrea Fujii reports.

Ravens safety Haruki Nakamura teamed up with the Red Cross to organize the event at Ripken Stadium.

Nakamura—who has family in Japan—recruited his teammates, including Joe Flacco and Ed Reed, to sign autographs for the lines of fans.

They ultimately raised more than $56,000 for the Japanese relief efforts.

“We send the finances to them,” said Frank Miller, American Red Cross. “They use the finances to buy materials, medical supplies. It also helps the local economy, but it’s also more cost-effective.”

The Red Cross says some fans plan to auction off what they got signed Saturday and donate those funds to the Red Cross.

Comments (5)
  1. susan says:

    Once again the Ravens are taking the lead.

  2. Joel Raes says:

    Nice to see alot of teams are helping where they can.

    Thanks, Joel Raes

  3. Larry says:

    The Baltimore Sun reported that an estimated crowd of 3,000 fans attended the event. If each paid $50.00 each as reported, that is a total of $150,000 collected. The sun reported $60,000 was raised for the event. What happened to the other $90,000?

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