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Panthers defenseman, UNICEF to raise money for Hurricane Dorian relief

Matheson and wife Emily spearheading fundraising operation for The Bahamas

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson and wife Emily are teaming up with UNICEF to aid The Bahamas in recovering from Hurricane Dorian.

The couple announced on Sunday that they would match any donation made to UNICEF up to $25,000.

Tweet from @mmatheson19: Hurricane Dorian was the strongest hurricane in Bahamas history. The Bahamas are really special to @EmilyPfalzer and I. Join us in supporting relief efforts- We will be matching your donations up to $25,000. Every little bit helps!https://t.co/9jQ7AWJlTS @UNICEFUSA @FlaPanthers pic.twitter.com/ftOcQuCoC1

In a video message, the hockey-playing pair - Emily, a defenseman, won a gold medal in 2018 with the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey team - explained that the Bahamas hold a special place in their hearts as it was the site of their engagement last year.

Hurricane Dorian impacted over 70,000 people and damaged nearly 50 percent of homes in The Bahamas earlier this month.

UNICEF helps provide supplies and critival services, such as sanitation and providing families affected with safe drinking water and various means of support.

To donate, click here to visit The Mathesons UNICEF USA crowdrise site here.

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