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Reliant Home Run Derby with Dallas Cowboys raises $145,000 for North Texas nonprofits

FRISCO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–1. May 2024–

The Dallas Cowboys scored a home run in the 11th annual Reliant Home Run Derby to benefit the Salvation Army of North Texas. Thousands of fans came to Riders Field in Frisco to cheer on the Cowboys as they traded footballs for baseballs in this fun and friendly competition for charity. The charity event resulted in Reliant donating $145,400 to 23 North Texas nonprofits, bringing its total community impact to $984,000 since the event began in 2013.

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The Dallas Cowboys, along with electric provider Reliant, will present $104,900 to the Salvation Army during the 11th Annual Reliant Home Run Derby on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 in Frisco, Texas. Thousands of fans cheered on the Cowboys as they traded footballs for baseballs to raise money for charity. (Photo: Business Wire)

“At Reliant, being a positive force in the communities we serve is an important part of who we are and what we stand for,” said Andrea Russell, senior vice president of Reliant. “We look forward to the Reliant Home Run Derby every year because it is such a fun event for Cowboys fans that directly supports important programs in North Texas. We are excited to continue this event with the Dallas Cowboys. Together we are building a stronger community, one home run at a time.”

The Cowboys players took turns on the diamond, with each hit and home run earning a donation from Reliant, raising a total of $104,900 to benefit the Salvation Army. Cowboys punter Bryan Anger was named the 2024 Reliant Home Run Derby champion with $21,200 and 17 home runs. The Dallas Cowboys' complete roster included:

  • Bryan rage
  • Brandon Aubrey
  • DaRon Bland
  • Brandin Cooks
  • Ezekiel Elliott
  • Jake Ferguson
  • Eric Kendricks
  • Dak Prescott
  • Jalen Tolbert
  • Sam Williams

Majors Paul and Dawn McFarland and more than 150 local Salvation Army students attended the event. A deserving Gene and Jerry Jones Family Youth Education Town student also received the opportunity to throw out the first pitch to a Cowboys player. The event featured mascots Hugo (Reliant), Rowdy (Cowboys) and Shieldy (The Salvation Army). The National Anthem was performed by the Salvation Army Band, while the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Chowboyz also performed.

“The power of sports positively impacts our communities,” said Charlotte Jones, executive vice president and chief brand officer of the Dallas Cowboys. “The Reliant Home Run Derby brings us together to fight for the fence and raise money for a good cause. Every hit and every home run helps make a difference in our community, and that’s a win for everyone.”

Reliant Media League

Before the Cowboys kicked off, Reliant invited local media to try their hand at batting for a good cause. The eighth annual Reliant Media League featured 12 North Texas reporters from local television, radio, print and online media. Together they raised a total of $30,500 for local nonprofits. The lineup and its charities included:

  • Bri Amaranthus from Sports Illustrated in support of the Odighizuwa Foundation
  • Paige Ellenberger from FOX 4 in support of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
  • Sean Giggy from WFAA to support the American Cancer Society
  • Tom Gribble from New Country 96.3/Hawkeye in the Morning supports the American Diabetes Association
  • Clarence Hill from Fort Worth Star-Telegram supports See It Through Charities
  • Adriana Lopez from NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 supporting the Austin Street Center
  • Mark “Hawkeye” Louis from New Country 96.3/Hawkeye in the Morning supports the Cook Children's Health Foundation
  • Eric Mora from Telemundo 39, which supports Little Things Matter
  • Kellie Rasberry from the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show in support of Kidd's Kids
  • Kyle Roberts from WFAA in support of ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
  • Madison Sawyer from CBS Texas 11 in support of the Tara Sawyer Foundation
  • Kyle Youmans from Dallas Cowboys TV to support Speedway Children's Charities

Pat Doney from NBC 5 Support Team Hoyt Texas served as host of the Reliant Media League.

Reliant supports local communities throughout the year through volunteerism, charitable donations and collaboration with a variety of organizations. In 2023, Reliant donated more than $4.8 million to charities across Texas, with employees donating more than 4,000 volunteer hours to over 200 community programs.

About Reliant, an NRG company

Reliant makes energy personal – that's why private households and companies trust Reliant not only as an electricity supplier, but also as a supporter in the communities we serve. From a best-in-class app to breakthrough innovations, Reliant is known nationally for exceptional customer service and as a leader in the evolving energy space with offerings ranging from EV solutions to solar insights to smart home experiences. As part of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 500 energy and home services company, our goal is to work together to create a better future that is safe, smart and sustainable. For more information about Reliant, visit reliant.com and connect with Reliant on Facebook at facebook.com/reliantenergy and X or Instagram @reliantenergy. PUCT certificate No. 10007.

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CONTACT: Media contacts:

Megan Talley, Reliant

713-537-2160

[email protected] Whitney Brandon Faulkner, Dallas Cowboys

214-682-8200

[email protected]

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA TEXAS

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BASEBALL SUPPLY, SPORTS, FOOTBALL, ENERGY, PHILANTHROPY FUND RAISING FOUNDATION

SOURCE: Reliant

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PUB: 05/01/2024 10:58 p.m./DISC: 05/01/2024 10:59 p.m

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