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Harlem Globetrotters partner with American Red Cross during Eugene game

EUGENE, Ore. – The Harlem Globetrotters are raising awareness for disaster relief in Lane County.

The Harlem Globetrotters entertained crowds in Eugene on Sunday, but they did more than just fancy basketball tricks.

The team is giving back thanks to their partnership with the American Red Cross.

Their goal is to help people in the Pacific Northwest to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

"Nearly 100 percent of disaster relief activities are supported by generous donors from the American public, so we need the American public to be successful," said Globetrotter, Hi-Lite.

The local Red Cross of Lane County was featured at Sunday night’s Globetrotter game at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Red Cross had a booth to highlight their services and volunteers.

"The Red Cross is there on someone's worst day, but we want someone to remember the Red Cross on their best day, which could be a Harlem Globetrotters game. So when you're having fun think about it, it could be you; it could be your family,” said Monique Dugaw, the Red Cross regional communications director.

Last year, the Red Cross responded to nearly 700 disasters, including house fires, floods, wildfires and more.

In Oregon, the Red Cross helps an average of three families affected by disasters every day.

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