In recognition of the terrible tragedy at the Pulse Club in Orlando, the Jacksonville Jaguars organization is engaging with our fan base to raise money for a donation that will be given to the City of Orlando's OneOrlando Fund (http://www.oneorlando.org/).
Over the next week, the Jaguars Foundation, the team's charitable arm, will be collecting donations online through http://www.jaguars.com/jaxfororlando/. Fans can donate any amount of money; fans who donate a minimum of $25 will have the option to receive a custom "Orlando United" cap as a thank you gift. Fans who elect to receive the cap will be provided with one cap for every $25 donated. The collection period will end on Friday, June 24, with net proceeds being donated by the Jaguars Foundation to the City of Orlando's OneOrlando Fund.
"On behalf of the Jacksonville Jaguars and our fans, we offer our condolences to those affected by the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando," said Jaguars Foundation President Peter Racine. "In response to the senseless acts of violence, the Jaguars Foundation is encouraging our fans to support our friends and neighbors in central Florida by donating money to the OneOrlando Fund via the Jaguars' #JAXFORORLANDO initiative. The Jaguars Foundation will also make a donation at the conclusion of the program next Friday."
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, who went to Oviedo High School before attending Orlando's University of Central Florida, has committed $10,000 from his foundation to the OneOrlando Fund. Bortles founded The Blake Bortles Foundation (http://blakebortlesfoundation.com/) in 2016 and has made a major impact on the local communities.
"Growing up near Orlando, I am heartbroken by the events of this past week," said Bortles. "My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families and I hope they continue to battle through these tough times. It's been inspirational to see the way the City of Orlando has rallied around these families and I wanted to contribute. We're honored to help support the OneOrlando Fund and its extraordinary mission to make a difference in Central Florida."
The City of Jacksonville, led by Mayor Lenny Curry, is launching a Dear Orlando postcard campaign to provide Jacksonville residents with the opportunity to express their thoughts and sentiments to members of the Orlando community. The postcards will be available at public library locations throughout the city of Jacksonville starting next week. Citizens can pick up and return postcards to one of the city's 21 library locations. The campaign will run through July 30, the International Day of Friendship, when the cards will be sent to the City of Orlando to express Jacksonville's support and love.
"My heart – and the hearts of our entire community – go out to the city of Orlando," said Mayor Curry. "I applaud Blake and the Jaguars for their leadership and support of efforts to help the community heal. I encourage Jacksonville citizens to join us in sharing hope with our Florida neighbors."
All Jaguars fans and Jacksonville residents interested in donating should visit http://www.jaguars.com/jaxfororlando/ and share their support on social media using the hashtag #JAXFORORLANDO.