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Rays sell out Pride Night to help Orlando shooting victims

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The Tampa Bay Rays have sold out their annual Pride Night for Friday, which is dedicated to the victims of the Orlando slayings.

On Tuesday, the Rays put all open seats up for sell for $5 apiece. It sold out quickly.

“We are grateful for and proud of the region’s response to our Pride Night dedication,” said Rays President Brian Auld. “In the wake of a terrible tragedy, and in a matter of hours, 40,000 people have chosen to come together, to stand side by side in a show of support for the victims, their families, the City of Orlando and the greater LGBT community. In this time of great sadness, the reaction has been inspiring and heartwarming.”

The Rays will continue to accept donations in support of the Pulse Victims fund, and on Friday additional donation centers will be located at the ballpark.

Proceeds from the team’s daily 50/50 raffle will also be donated.

Additionally, parking will be $5. Oneblood will hold blood drives starting at 4 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

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