MLB will donate $500,000 to aid Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Ike

Major League Baseball will donate $500,000 to benefit the victims of Hurricane Ike, and also will conduct activities asking fans to chip in.

MLB's donation will go to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund, the official fund established by Houston Mayor Bill White.

"Major League Baseball, as a social institution with important social responsibilities, has a unique platform to help those who suffered from and were displaced by Hurricane Ike," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a release. "In addition to contributing funds to the relief effort, we will, beginning today, call on the support of its millions of fans who will enter ballparks, watch games on television and enjoy baseball online."

Major League Baseball will air a public service announcement starting Sunday encouraging fans to provide support. MLB.com and each of the 30 club web sites will provide fans with a link to make contributions.