“A Tampa Bay area nonprofit just got a much-needed surprise from the Rays.
The team’s $25,000 donation will go toward social justice initiatives and will help struggling workers and businesses.
On Opening Day, the Rays made waves across the baseball world with a tweet on the death of Breonna Taylor, killed by police on a no-knock warrant in Kentucky. The team also pledged to donate $100,000 to five groups that fight systemic racism.
The Pinellas County Urban League got a check for $25,000.
‘Outside of being flabbergasted, I was excited,’ said President and CEO Reverend Watson L. Haynes. ‘Every organization has that desire to really speak out on issues but there’s no opportunity to create that mechanism and now the Rays have given us the mechanism to do it.’
The money means more advocacy through areas like voter education, op-eds and community conversations with law enforcement. Rev. Haynes says it also means more help for those struggling because of the pandemic.
‘This pandemic has impacted my business big time being that my entire business model is entertainment,’ said Tiffany Moore.
She owns Moore Eventful Event Hall in Pinellas Park. The pandemic has dried up all the weddings, milestone birthdays and comedy shows she depends on to pay her bills.
Right now, she can operate at 50% capacity, but the economic impact has been so bad she’s got behind on her lease. Moore even had thoughts of quitting.”