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Rays to dedicate Friday’s Pride Night to victims of Pulse shooting

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The Tampa Bay Rays will dedicate Friday’s annual Pride Night to the victims of the Orlando slayings.

All open seats to Friday’s game against the Giants will be available for $5, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Pulse Victims’ fund, which is set up for the families of the victims. Tickets can be purchased online with ticket and order fees being waived.

Every person in attendance will receive a “we are Orlando” t-shirt.

Proceeds from the 50-50 raffle will also go to the Pulse victims. There will be other donation centers.

The Giants and Rays will observe a moment of silence while the names of the victims are scrolled on the video board.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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