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Miami Heat, Arison family donating millions to Hurricane Irma relief

Miami Heat, Arison family donating millions to Hurricane Irma relief”

Carnival Corp. and related entities have pledged $10 million toward hurricane relief in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which devastated parts of the Caribbean and Florida, including Miami-Dade County where Carnival has its headquarters. The Carnival Foundation - the philanthropic arm of the Carnival Corporation - and the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund are pledging to raise a combined $5 million, while the Arisons will match that commitment up to a total of $5 from the foundation.

Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Corporation and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation already donated a minimum of $2 million towards Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas.

Donald responded, in the release, "We also want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Micky and Madeleine Arison for their generosity, and also express our gratitude to the Miami HEAT organization for partnering with us to support recovery efforts".

Carnival is also deploying 11 ships to provide affected ports in the region with crucial supplies including food, water, clothing, diapers, medical supplies and generators, among others.

"We are committed to assisting other counties impacted by Hurricane Irma so they can better take care of the animals in need in their communities", said Alex Muñoz, Director of Animal Services.

At least 26 people in Florida have died under Irma-related circumstances, and six more in SC and Georgia, many of them well after the storm passed.

"As a long-time resident of Florida", said Pat Riley, president of the Miami HEAT, "I have witnessed the resiliency of our communities; watching neighbors come together to overcome adversity".

Two NBA basketball franchises, the Miami Heat and the Golden State Warriors, are helping to coordinate the effort, along with Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International.

The relocation of pre-storm animals, through the assistance of FedEx, is designed to create space in Miami-area shelters for animals displaced by the storm. Additionally, Udonis Haslem and Erik Spoelstra will lead the efforts to load the animals onto an aircraft, and once they arrive in the bay, Zaza Pachulia and Jordan Bell will be among a group that welcomes them to their new home.

The animals will be delivered to no-kill shelters in the Oakland area where they will have the opportunity to be adopted by local families.



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