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Baseball team raises $300,000 to help Orlando victims - Australia Gay News Network

26 June 2016 | glrfcentral
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A US baseball team has raised over $300,000 to support the victims of the Orlando shootings. The Tampa Bay Rays wore “We Are Orlando” t-shirts as they played against the San Francisco Giants this week.

The game drew 40,000 people, the team’s largest regular season crowd in ten years and 100 per cent of the ticket proceeds went to the Pulse Victims Fund.

Billy Bean, a gay former Major League Baseball player now a vice president in the league office, threw out the first pitch. He said:

"I think today will be just a great moment if baseball can make everybody smile, enjoy a great baseball game, feel a little closer to one another.

“It's not specific to one person or another, or race or gender or color or sexual orientation or gender identity. It's about people feeling connected and supportive."

49 people were killed and 53 people injured when a gunman stormed the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.


Author Rachel Cook


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