Die Innenstadt to Host Food Drive in Support of Freestore Foodbank

Independent FC Cincinnati Supporters Group Launches Their First Charity Event

Cincinnati, OH: Today, Die Innenstadt, an independent FC Cincinnati supporters group, announced that they will be hosting a canned food drive in support of Freestore Foodbank on Saturday, July 9th, 2016. The event will be held at Rhinehaus (119 E 12th St.) and run from 6PM until the end of the St. Louis Football Club vs. FC Cincinnati away match which will be streamed on the bar’s televisions. A traditional gathering spot for the supporters group to keep up with FC Cincinnati when they’re playing out of town, Rhinehaus will also become the home of Die Innenstadt’s rst charity initiative.

“This is our rst chance to give something back to our greater community,” said Ronny Salerno, one of the group’s founding members. “We’re not just supporters of a soccer team, we’re supporters of our city.” Since their founding, Die Innenstadt has provided strong fan support for the FC Cincinnati soccer team in its rst season and regularly meets at Rhinehaus in Over-The-Rhine to watch away matches together.

FSFB_vector_largeIn what they hope to be the rst of more charity initiatives, they’re asking for attendees to bring the items Freestore needs most: canned meat, vegetables, and fruit; peanut butter, canned soup, macaroni and cheese, as well as personal care items such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and hygiene products.

“Being part of a community that promotes soccer and our team has been incredible so far, but this is our chance to start doing more,” said the group’s president Ryan Lammi. “We’re incredibly excited to channel our usual enthusiasm for matches into a rally for donations as well as the team.”

DSC_3075About Die Innenstadt: Pronounced “Dee In-en-staht,” the name is a literal German translation of “inner city.” The group was founded in early 2016 to serve as a collaboration of fans and celebrate the history and future of Cincinnati’s urban core as well as the FC Cincinnati professional soccer club. The group can be found amongst other groups and fans in Nippert Stadium’s north end, the section known as “The Bailey.” Die Innenstadt and its nearly 400 members regularly organize the construction and display of “tifos,” giant hand painted banners held up to welcome and taunt visiting teams. They spend the game chanting and singing even after their traditional one-mile march to the stadium from Mecklenburg Gardens.

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