ECU Pirates, Parmalee, and Red Cross Team to Assist Flood Relief Effort

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina University will collect money for the American Red Cross at its Homecoming football game against Connecticut on Saturday, October 29 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The game will kick off at 12 noon.

The money will be used to help with relief efforts for those recently affected by widespread flooding in eastern North Carolina. Volunteers, which include ECU faculty and staff members, will collect donations from 10 a.m. until halftime at Gates 1-8.

Additionally, platinum-selling local country rock band Parmalee announced that 100 percent of their net proceeds from a Nov. 18 "Feels Like Carolina Flood Relief Benefit" concert at Minges Coliseum will be donated to the Red Cross to assist individuals and families who were impacted by the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Tickets can be purchased via

“The catastrophic flooding associated with Hurricane Matthew altered the lives of many in our region,” ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher said. "“We are very thankful for the assistance of the American Red Cross and to the generosity of Parmalee to help the thousands of people affected by this storm."

Fans not in attendance at Saturday's game can also make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by visiting, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 (to make a $10 contribution).

Since Hurricane Matthew made landfall, Red Cross has supported more than 100 shelters and served more than 286,000 meals and snacks to those affected by the storm.

“Thousands of people in the southeast continue to deal with the effects of Hurricane Matthew. The Red Cross is with them, providing food, shelter and help with recovery. But there’s still work to be done,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern NC. “With support from East Carolina University and Pirate fans, Red Cross can continue to help those affected as long as needed.”