Las Vegas Mass Shooting Relief Fund Raises MillionsOctober 6, 2017 11:27 am
In the wake of the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas last Sunday, there has been an outpouring of support from the local community, with more than $14 million having already been donated to charities set up to help victims of the deadly massacre.
The campaign was instigated by Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak (photo), who helped organize a GoFundMe page, with the businessman and politician immediately donating $10,000 of his own money to get the campaign started. As the page states:
“Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting.”
Thus far, $9,612,141 has been raised out of its $15 million goal, with local businesses, celebrities and residents all pledging generous donations to the fund. MGM Resorts, which runs the Mandalay Bay, has given $3 million to Sisolak’s campaign, with other donors including UFC President Dana White ($1 million), the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team ($300,000), and Oakland Raiders ($50,000).
Amongst the notable business people contributing to the charity is Stephen J. Cloobeck ($400,000), and Bill McBeath ($250,000), while celbrities include Mike Tyson, Kid Rock, and Terry Fator, have all given $10,000 each to the fund. Explaining how the money will be used, Sisolak explains:
“The needs are going to be enormous. We have people that are going to need surgeries for the next several years. I’ve got children who lost parents, and people who lost spouses. So we’re going to do whatever we can to raise money for them.”
In the meantime, Las Vegas Sands (LVS) CEO Sheldon Adelson also donated $10,000 to the GoFundMe campaign, while on Thursday his company set up its own $4 million relief fund, with LVS having pledged half the money, and the Adelson family the remaining $2 million. As Adelson subsequently explained in a statement, no amount of money will “erase this terrible tragedy,” but funds are still needed to help support those organizations tasked with helping affected people to rebuild their lives. Elaborating further, the Adelson family said:
“Las Vegas is our home and on behalf of every single Las Vegas Sands team member and the Adelson family, we pledge to do everything we can to bring our community together, provide support for the victims and their families, and ensure Las Vegas remains the strong and vibrant city it has always been.”