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Braves, Blank commit to helping Hurricane Ian relief efforts

Both the Atlanta Braves and Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation are pitching in to help victims of the devastation in Florida.

ATLANTA — Atlanta sports teams and figures stepped up Friday to commit to helping in Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

The Atlanta Braves announced a weekend-long fundraising effort, saying they would direct the proceeds of the nightly 50/50 raffle from the next three nights to Team Rubicon hurricane relief efforts.

The Braves also said that through next Wednesday, fans can donate to relief funds through the team at braves.com/give and the team will be auctioning off autographed items to go toward relief efforts.

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The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, meanwhile, announced a $100,000 donation to the relief organization CARE.

“I’m troubled by the images of destruction that we’ve seen already this hurricane season, and we are grateful to be able to partner with CARE and provide support to those impacted,” Blank said in a statement. “I know it’s a long road ahead, and I wish those affected by these storms peace and healing during these very difficult times.”

“The last two hurricanes have affected us personally with player and staff families in Puerto Rico and Florida,” Derek Schiller, Atlanta Braves President and CEO, said in a statement. “We are assisting our staff in Florida and thankful they are all safe, but we know there are many others who need help. Our fans have seen the devastation and want to help as well, so we are hoping to raise a significant amount of money. We continue to pray for those affected and we are ready to assist however we can.”


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