SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers announced today the recipients of the $1 million dollar hurricane relief pledge made by Panthers ownership following Hurricane Irma. The four recipients of this pledge are Community Foundation of Florida Keys, Feeding South Florida, Salvation Army and UNICEF.
"In times of need, the Florida Panthers are always prepared to support the surrounding community. It's an important part of who we are as an organization." said Florida Panthers Owner Vincent J. Viola. "We are proud to stand with Florida and those affected by the recent disasters in our community."
On Sept. 12 2017, the Panthers pledged $1 million dollars to hurricane relief to provide assistance to those in need. Each of the four organizations will receive a $250,000 check on behalf of the Florida Panthers for their life-saving, exemplary relief services during Hurricane Irma and Maria. Representatives from the four organizations will be honored at tonight's Home Opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys who activated the Florida Keys Emergency Relief Fund was able to provide relief and recovery to those Florida Keys residents who were impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Feeding South Florida is a local organization that ensures all shelters throughout the South Florida area were fully stocked with meals and water prior to Hurricane Irma.
The Salvation Army has distributed more than 950,000 meals and snacks, 20,000 cases of water and 4,500 cleaning kits in light of Hurricane Irma.
UNICEF is an international organization known for protecting the territories and rights of every child. From Puerto Rico to the Caribbean, they have been providing emergency support for those in need with water, shelter, hygiene kits and more.
All four organizations will be presented with a $250,000 check on the ice at BB&T Center prior to the 7 p.m. puck drop between the Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.
About Community Foundation of the Florida Keys: The Community Foundation serves the needs and philanthropic aims of donors who wish to better the Keys now and in the future. For more than 20 years, CFFK has been making Key West and the Florida Keys a better place to live now and in the future by encouraging philanthropy and matching these acts of caring to the community needs. CFFK and its funding partners have granted more than $22 million to the community since 1996 helping residents from Key Wet to Key Largo through grants to our local nonprofit partners, scholarships and program services. CFFK currently manages over 140 funds and endowments for individuals and other nonprofits and causes throughout the Florida Keys. More information is available at www.cffk.org or by calling 305-292-1502.
About Feeding South Florida®
Feeding South Florida® is a member of the Feeding America® network of food banks and the leading domestic hunger-relief organization serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. Our mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. Feeding South Florida rescues 46 million pounds of food annually, serving 710,370 individuals in need of food assistance - 248,080 of whom are children and nearly 120,000 are older adults. Feeding South Florida is the largest and most efficient food bank in each county it serves, providing for 25% of the state's food insecure population, through a local network of nearly 400 nonprofit partner agencies and direct service programs. Visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org or call 954.518.1818.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.