The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins in a show of solidarity Thursday night to support the victims' families and survivors of the Orlando shooting. The teams, along with the National Football League Foundation contributed $400,000 to the Orlando Fund, created by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to support the individuals and families affected by this tragedy.
Eileen Sweeney, Bucs Director of Community Relations, was on hand for the pre-game presentation Thursday night as the check was presented to Terry DeCarlo, Executive Director of The Center. The Center is an advocacy organization whose mission is to promote and empower the LGBT Community and its allies through information, education, advocacy and support.
Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, co-president of the Glazer Family Foundation said, "The tragic and heartbreaking events that occurred in Orlando last week have had a profound effect on our entire country. We stand united with our neighbors in Orlando and pledge our support as they begin the process of healing as a community. Our deepest condolences go out to those who lost loved ones and we will continue to keep them, as well as all who were impacted, in our hearts and minds."
The strength and determination of the state of Florida and the city of Orlando was evident as state rivals put aside their differences and came together to care for members of the community they love!