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Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and the NHL give $2.7 million for Irma relief

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More professional sports teams are contributing to relief efforts in Florida following the destructive path of Hurricane Irma.

The National Hockey League and its two Florida franchises — the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers — announced Tuesday that they are making a joint donation of $2.7 million to those affected across the state from the storm.

Irma caused extensive damage to the entire state of Florida after making landfall in the state Sunday, first hitting the Florida Keys before a second landfall on Marco Island on the state’s west coast. Millions of people throughout the state are still without electricity.

For members of the public who wish to support these efforts can donate through the Lighting Foundation, the Florida Panthers Foundation or by making contributions during the teams’ home preseason games, which begin next week.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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