SAN JOSE, CA - The Sharks Foundation announced today that it will donate nearly $58,000 to the San Jose Flood Victims Relief Fund through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to support non-profit organizations providing immediate and long-term relief and recovery assistance to flood victims.
The donation was made possible through the generous support of San Jose Sharks fans that made individual donations or purchased 50/50 Raffle tickets at three Sharks home games on March 9-12. The Sharks Foundation also made a $20,000 donation and contributed funds from one in-game auction item during each of those nights. The Foundation will continue to donate funds from one auction item per night at home games through the remainder of the 2016-17 regular season.
"The passion of Sharks fans for the Sharks is surpassed only by their passion to support their own community in a time of need," John Tortora, Chief Operating Officer said. "On behalf of the Sharks organization, thank you to our loyal fans for your unwavering generosity and support."
The San Jose Sharks also distributed 250 complimentary San Jose Barracuda tickets to those affected by the floods and S.J. Sharkie visited evacuation shelters, along with Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo, distributing jerseys and other Sharks items.
A series of heavy rain in the area caused Coyote Creek to rise to a 100-year peak. With widespread flooding as a result, 14,000 residents faced mandatory evacuations and many remain displaced from their homes.