Over the weekend, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a $100,000 donation to the Florida Disaster Fund during their “Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’” tour stop at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in South Florida. The Seminole Tribe of Florida matched the $100,000 donation, totaling a $200,000 contribution to the Florida Disaster Fund from the event. The First Family was welcomed onstage for a check presentation with Johnny and Donnie Van Zant; Rickey Medlocke, Lynyrd Skynyrd Lead Guitarist; Ross Schilling, Lynyrd Skynyrd Band Manager; David Hoenemeyer, Chief Operating Officer of Seminole Gaming; Chris Osceola, Hollywood Councilman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida; and Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno. To date, the Florida Disaster Fund has raised over $45 million to help with recovery in communities impacted by Hurricane Ian.
“We appreciate the overwhelming support of the Florida Disaster Fund to help Floridians recover and rebuild,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “We are committed to helping folks get back on their feet, and support from Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Seminole Tribe gets us closer to that goal and we thank them for their support.”
The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to provide financial assistance to our communities as they respond to and recover from times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with public, private, and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. To contribute, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.
Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax-deductible. Donations may be made by credit card on the secure website www.floridadisasterfund.org or by check to the below address. Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.
Volunteer Florida Foundation
Attention: Florida Disaster Fund
1545 Raymond Diehl Road Suite 250
Tallahassee, FL 32308