Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, his company and his foundation are getting involved in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, pledging at least $2 million to help aid those affected in the Gulf Coast region by the deadly storm.
According to a press release from the company, Carnival Cruise Line and Carnival Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corporation, are each donating $500,000 for a total donation of $1 million from the company. Carnival Corporation Chairman Micky Arison and his wife Madeleine are matching the corporation’s commitment with a $1 million donation from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation.
To help generate additional relief funds, cruise guests sailing on certain Carnival Cruise Line cruises will have the option to make a donation when they check in for their cruise, while the corporation’s brands and employees will be participating as well.
“Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, and all of us throughout the Carnival Corporation family feel a responsibility to do our part in supporting relief and rebuilding efforts in a region that we call home and where so many of our guests and business partners live and work,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line in a statement.
“We are very committed to the Gulf Coast as a vibrant and special part of the North American cruise industry, and our commitment will remain as strong as ever during the region’s recovery process. We know this storm is still active, so we will continue to hold positive thoughts for everyone in the region while exploring ways to support affected communities as they recover and rebuild.”
Last October, the Heat left South Florida and spent several days practicing in Houston to avoid the path of Hurricane Matthew.
The NBA and NBA Players Association have jointly committed to donating $1 million to relief efforts in the affected areas.
Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander has pledged $10 million to help with the response and recovery. Other NBA players, including Rockets point guard Chris Paul and numerous members of the Washington Wizards, have made donations as well.