HOLLYWOOD, Florida— 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 event’s Florida Disaster Fund. The First Family was welcomed on stage for a check presentation with Johnny and Donnie Van Zant; Rickey Medlocke, lead guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd; Ross Schilling, Group Director Lynyrd Skynyrd; David Hoenemeyer, COO of Seminole Gaming; Chris Osceola, Hollywood alderman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida; and Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno. To date, the Florida Disaster Fund has raised more than $45 million to aid in the recovery of communities impacted by Hurricane Ian.
“We appreciate the overwhelming support from the Florida Disaster Fund to help Floridians recover and rebuild,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “We are committed to helping people get back on their feet, and the support of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Seminole Tribe brings us closer to that goal and we thank them for their support.”
The Florida Disaster Fund is the official private fund of the State of Florida established to provide financial assistance to our communities as they respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster. In partnership with public, private, and other nongovernmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. To contribute, go to 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 can be made by credit card on the secure site www.floridadisasterfund.org or by check to the address below. Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.
Florida Volunteer Foundation
Attention: Florida Disaster Fund
1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250
Tallahassee, FL 32308