The Bengals announced Monday that the partnership with the United Way of Greater Cincinnati to sell out the Bengals' opening game on Sun., Sept. 13 against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium resulted in a contribution to United Way of $36,890.
"This was a great opportunity for us to give back to the community and to support the effort to fill Paul Brown Stadium for our season opener against the Broncos," said Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice-president, said in a press release. "The Club and the NFL have a long-standing relationship with the United Way, and we hope this will bring additional support to the United Way drive that is currently underway."
Robert Reifsnyder, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, also said in the release, "I would like to thank Katie and the Cincinnati Bengals for reaching out to us. We appreciate their generosity, and we were excited to partner with them on this effort. We are also grateful to the community who responded to this offer. As a result, we accomplished two great things – a Bengals sellout and additional support for the United Way."
The Bengals contributed $10 to the United Way for each ticket sold in the week leading up to the game. Many corporate and community partners of the United Way, and their employees, helped play a role in the effort.