Neil Diamond, WR Steve Smith Donate To Victims' Fund
Donations To Aurora Victim Relief Fund At GivingFirst.Org Tops $2M
9:00 AM, Jul 27, 2012
Singer Neil Diamond and Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith have announced they are donating to the Aurora Victims Fund at GivingFirst.org."Hey Denver, 100% gross of tonight's show merchandise $ will go to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund," Diamond tweeted on Thursday. "Get a t-shirt and support your neighbors!"Diamond also asked fans who couldn't make the show to consider donating to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund @GivingFirst and included a link.The Carolina Panthers announced on Twitter Thursday that Smith had pledged to donate $100,000 to the survivors of the shooting."As a father and husband I cannot imagine the pain and suffering the victims are going through," Smith said via the team's Facebook and Twitter accounts. "My family's hearts & prayers are extended to theirs, and I hope this contribution might assist in paying some of the medical bills that will help allow these families to move forward in this tragic circumstance.""Hopefully, this helps a little bit. From one NFL city to another, God bless," said Smith.Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that contributions to the GivingFirst.org fund had already reached nearly $2 million.Warner Brothers, along with numerous individuals, families, corporations and foundations have donated to the fund.Marla Williams, president and CEO of the Community First Foundation, said that money given through GivingFirst.org will help victims, their families and others affected by the tragedy."The money would not go to cutting a check to family members," she said. "It would be helping by giving grants to organizations that are helping the families cope financially and emotionally in so many ways."Donations can be made by visiting http://www.GivingFirst.org Link. For more information contact Karla Maraccinni at 313-866-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.