Jon Jay and Allen Craig Team Up For Bowling Challenge Benefit for Great Circle

Cardinals Players Join Celebrities May 18th at Flamingo Bowl to Help Raise Money for Local Charity

                ST. LOUIS, MO (May 03, 2014– St. Louis Cardinals outfielders Jon Jay and Allen Craig have teamed up for the Jay-Craig Celebrity Bowl, a charity bowling “party with a purpose” benefiting Great Circle at Flamingo Bowl in downtown St. Louis on Sunday, May 18 from 7-10pm.

“I’ve hosted a celebrity bowling event the past three off-seasons in Miami,” Jay said. “I am very excited to bring a similar event to St. Louis during this baseball season.”

Jon and Allen will co-host the event along with their wives Nikki Jay and Marie Craig. The evening will feature bowling with Jon, Allen, and many of their teammates as well as hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, DJ music, and more.

“We are proud supporters of the St. Louis community,” said Allen and Marie Craig. “We are excited to create a fun evening benefiting the important services provided by Great Circle on a daily basis.”

Net proceeds from this year’s Jay-Craig Celebrity Bowl will benefit Great Circle, a nonprofit agency that provides a unique spectrum of behavioral health services to children and families. Great Circle provides services in areas of education, autism, emotional/behavioral health, intensive on-campus care, in-home crisis intervention, foster care and adoption, plus specialized programs like outdoor adventure therapy and trauma recovery programs.

“Growing up in St. Louis, I volunteered at Edgewood School (a Great Circle program) while in high school and I’ve reconnected with Great Circle since returning to St. Louis. I look forward to raising funds for an organization so close to my heart,” added Nikki Jay.

Sponsorships for the Jay-Craig Celebrity Bowl start at $1,000. Bowling teams (up to six people) are $500 and individual event tickets are $75-100. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. For sponsorship information, ticketing, and additional event details, please visit jaycraigbowl.com.

“We are fortunate to have so many players like Jon Jay and Allen Craig who generously give back to our community,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations & Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “Just like our players’ selfless support of Cardinals Care, this is another example of Cardinals players and their wives going to bat to help others in our community.”

Fans can learn more about Cardinals players’ community efforts at cardinals.com/playerscare.

About Cardinals Care

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field. Since it was established in 1997, Cardinals Care has distributed nearly $20 million to support St. Louis area non-profit youth organizations and built 21 youth ball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods. 2014 marks the 11th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play. In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

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