Miami Heat, Carnival, Arisons pledge $10 million for Hurricane Irma relief

Published 5:33 p.m. ET Sept. 14, 2017 | Updated 5:57 p.m. ET Sept. 14, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat Charitable Fund, Carnival Corporation and the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation said Thursday they are giving up to $10 million in Hurricane Irma relief efforts across Florida and the Caribbean.

The pledge starts with an immediate $2.5 million donation by the Arison family to Direct Relief, UNICEF and the United Way of Miami-Dade County. Carnival Foundation and the Heat Charitable Fund are each pledging to raise a combined $5 million, and the Arison Foundation will match those efforts up to $5 million in total.

Micky Arison is the Heat managing general partner and Carnival’s chairman.

“As a long-time resident of South Florida, I have witnessed the resiliency of our communities — watching neighbors come together to overcome adversity,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “The South Florida community has supported our organization throughout the years, so it is only fitting that we are there to support and help uplift this community in its…

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