The Phoenix Mercury hosted a fundraiser for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando during the team’s third annual PRIDE Night on Saturday.
The team was able to raise $14,000 through a silent auction, the sale of limited-edition merchandise and donations at concession stands for the OneOrlando Fund. The Mercury said fans from across the country sent donations to show their support.
“The generosity of our fans on Saturday raised more money than we could have expected,” said Mercury and Suns President Jason Rowley. “They bought auction items, t-shirts, made cash donations, all in the name of creating a small positive out of unimaginable tragedy. We are proud to be a part of a community here in Phoenix, LGBT and allies, who so badly wanted to help.”
The OneOrlando Fund will support the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub on June 12, and their families. The Fund will also support the LGBTQ, faith, Hispanic and other affected communities of the tragedy.
The Mercury also hosted a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross and collected 38 units of blood. According to the American Red Cross, a single blood donation may help up to three different people.
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