Mark Cuban, Luka Doncic, Mavs donate $1.25 million to Dallas Mayor’s fund, sources for winter storm relief
This story has been updated.
With Dallas in yet another crisis – this time due to last week’s severe winter weather and nationwide power and water shortages – a group of Mavericks are again pledging support.
Owner Mark Cuban, CEO Cynt Marshall, and players Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, and Dwight Powell have collectively donated $ 1.25 million to the Dallas Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund and several local organizations that help housing and housing families and families helping the homeless and low-income people respond to the weather.
The Mavs Foundation and team sponsor Chime also contributed.
“There are so many other Dallasites with no food, water or shelter during this devastating winter storm and we wouldn’t be sure if we didn’t help in some way,” Powell said in a statement. “I hope our contributions will help those who are struggling during this time.”
It’s not the first time the Mavericks office and Mayor Eric Johnson have partnered. The Mavericks also provided aid during the coronavirus pandemic and after the October 2019 tornado.
The city created the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund in 2005 to protect refugees from Hurricane Katrina. Money can only be used in response to a federal disaster declaration in Dallas that President Joe Biden issued on February 14 in response to the winter storm.
“I am extremely grateful for our partnership with the Dallas Mavericks and for the generosity of the organization,” Johnson said in a statement. “Our residents are injured right now and this donation will be of tremendous help to those in need as we address property damage, displacements, access to water, and other related issues.
“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.”
Whenever Dallas is injured we can count on the @dallasmavs to show up and help. Today I am proud and grateful to announce that the organization has donated $ 1.1 million to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund to help those in need. https://t.co/8YOhuG1OPF
– Mayor Eric Johnson (@ Johnson4Dallas) February 21, 2021
The list of other organizations the Mavericks donation will reach includes Our Calling, Austin Street Shelter, Stewpot, Family Place, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Wilkinson Center, Housing Crisis Center, Voice of Hope, and 14 YMCA -Locations.
“I am always touched by the generosity of our owner,” said Marshall. “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 are 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.”
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