Dallas Mavericks Donate $1.25M to Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund, Winter Storm Relief Efforts – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The Dallas Mavericks organization donates $ 1.25 million to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund and other sources for winter storm relief.
Mavericks and Dallas city officials said players Dwight Powell, Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber, along with owner Mark Cuban and President and CEO Cynt Marshall, made financial contributions to winter storm relief.
The Mavs Foundation and Chime, the team’s official jersey partner, also contributed.
A total of $ 1.1 million went to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund and $ 150,000 to other winter storm relief efforts, including emergency and homeless shelters at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Our Calling, Austin Street Shelter, Stewpot, at Family Place and Genesis Women’s Refuge, the Wilkinson Center, Housing Crisis Center, Voice of Hope, and 14 YMCA locations.
“I am always touched by the generosity of our owner,” Marshall said in a statement. “When my boss donates $ 1 million, it encourages the rest of us to come up and give.” I am also very proud of our players, who have always risen in the need of our city. This money will go a long way towards getting these organizations back on their feet. We’re heartbroken to know that there are so many misplaced, hungry, and cold Texans in our area, and the Mavs and Chime are here to help in any way they can. “
The Mavericks and the Mayor’s Office have partnered on several previous initiatives, including relief efforts following the October 2019 tornado and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund, sponsored by the Dallas Foundation, was originally set up to help the city of Dallas protect the refugees from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
According to official figures, the money in the fund can only be used in the event of a federally declared disaster in Dallas.
The state of Texas received an initial federal disaster declaration from President Joe Biden on February 14 for the winter storm, and Dallas County was one of the 77 counties included in Biden’s major disaster declaration approved on Saturday.
“There are so many of our fellow Dallas residents out of food, water, and shelter during this devastating winter storm, and we wouldn’t be sure if we didn’t help in some way,” said Powell, Mavs Center and Power Forward. “I hope our contributions will help those who are struggling during this time.”
Committee members and the Dallas Foundation have started discussions on how to distribute the money to help as many needy residents as possible.
The fund previously distributed $ 275,000 to organizations that helped Dallas residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am extremely grateful for our partnership with the Dallas Mavericks and for the generosity of the organization. Our residents are injured right now and this donation will be of tremendous help to those in need with property damage, displacements and water accessibility and other related issues, “said Eric Johnson, Dallas Mayor. “I hope others will also consider donating what they can to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund and other respected local organizations as we begin our recovery.”