CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans will be able to positively impact the Cleveland community during the NBA Playoffs again this season.
All admission proceeds for the Official Road Game Watch Parties at Quicken Loans Arena, presented by Bud Light, are being donated to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, to help continue and grow the fight against neighborhood blight in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.
During the 2015 and 2016 Cavs Playoff runs combined, the Road Game Watch Parties generated more than $1 million dollars from admissions that were donated to several local charitable and nonprofit organizations.
Fighting blight is a cause the Cavaliers and their affiliated Family of Companies have been engaged with for years. Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers Family of Companies have helped impact the local fight against blight by playing the lead lobbying role in securing federal Hardest Hit Funds to fight blight in Ohio and across the Midwest. Specifically, Cuyahoga County received $60 million in 2015 to initiate a demolition program for 5,000 blighted homes. To date, 82% of that has been used to address neighborhood blight in the city of Cleveland. The Cavs organization also recently contributed $100,000 to help launch the initial phases of a Western Reserve Land Conservancy program also focused on local blight elimination.
The Cavaliers and their Family of Companies have also been deeply engaged with Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity for years, having donated over $325,000. This past September (2016) the Family of Companies, including the Cavaliers, Quicken Loans, and JACK Entertainment focused on Buckeye neighborhood efforts with over 400 staff members donating over 2,000 volunteer hours to help restore more than 50 properties.
"We can't think of a better partner to have to fight neighborhood blight than the Cavs," said John Habat, President/CEO of Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. ""A winning team lifts the morale of the entire community and this generous designation will restore life and vitality to a forgotten Cleveland neighborhood."
Moving forward, the Cavaliers are also partnering with the United Pastors in Mission (UPM) on Habitat for Humanity efforts and the continued fight against neighborhood blight. UPM is a long-standing, large network of local pastors and congregations that also work with political and civic leaders to contribute to a positive, forward-looking community related to matters of significance and impact with their congregations.