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Miami Heat, Arison family donating millions to Hurricane Irma relief

The Heat is looking to help its home city.
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat and the team’s owners are donating millions towards Hurricane Irma relief.

The Heat announced the plans for hurricane relief, which includes an immediate $2.5 million donation from the Arison Family Foundation to Direct Relief, UNICEF and United Way of Miami-Dade County. The Arison Family Foundation comes from Heat team owner Micky Arison and his wife, Madeleine.

Carnival Foundation — the philanthropic arm of Carnival Corporation, of which Arison is the chariman, and the Miami Heat Charitable Fund are pledging to raise a combined $5 million in funding for relief and recovery efforts. The Arison family intends to match up to half the money raised, for $2.5 million. That would put the total donations from the Arison family, Carnival and the Heat at $10 million if all goes well with the fund raising.

Hurricane Irma was a category 5 hurricane that hit the Caribbean islands as well as Florida, causing great devastation. At least 81 deaths have been reported due to Irma as of Thursday.

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