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Scott Grateful for Generosity Shown for Hurricane Relief

October 16, 2018 - 6:00am

Gov. Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida on Monday thanked the people and businesses who have come forward with generous donations to the Florida Disaster Fund since he activated it last week to help those impacted by Hurricane Michael. 

The Florida Disaster Fund, administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, visit or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a donation of $10.

Some of the biggest donations so far have come from Wells Fargo ($250,00); Aetna ($100,000); Duke Energy ($50,000) and Uber ($25,000).

Said Scott in a written statement, “As we recover from Hurricane Michael, we have seen so much support for families impacted by this devastating storm and we are grateful for the generosity of so many Floridians and Americans who donated. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund go directly to support families in their recovery and help them get back on their feet. We cannot thank these businesses enough for helping our state during this difficult time.”

David Mica Jr., CEO of Volunteer Florida said, "Volunteer Florida appreciates the generosity of the corporations that donated to the Florida Disaster Fund. Their commitment will offer hope to the many Floridians who were affected by Hurricane Michael and provide ongoing support as the Panhandle recovers from this disastrous storm.”

Said Scott M. Coble, president of Wells Fargo Florida Community Bank, “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected by Hurricane Michael. We remain committed to supporting our local communities during this difficult time, and we hope our financial contribution to the Florida Disaster Fund helps those Floridians most in need as they can begin to recover and rebuild.”

Dr. Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation and vice president of community health for Aetna, Inc. said, "As someone who grew up in Florida, I know firsthand that Floridians will be resilient as they recover from Hurricane Michael. We hope that the donation from the Aetna Foundation and the efforts of Aetna employees in the area will help support these recovery efforts."

Catherine Stempien, president of Duke Energy Florida added, “Many in our state lost much more than power. Duke’s donation to the Florida Disaster Relief Fund through the Volunteer Florida Foundation is just one way we're committed to restoring and rebuilding these devastated communities."

Kasra Moshkani, general manager of Uber, South Florida, concluded, “Our thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Michael. As we begin the long road ahead of helping our state rebuild, Uber looks forward to continuing to work with Volunteer Florida, first responders, and affected communities on relief efforts taking place.”

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.

Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax deductible. They may be made by credit card on the secure website or by check to the below address.

Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.

  • Volunteer Florida Foundation
  • Attention: Florida Disaster Fund
  • 3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
  • Tallahassee, FL  32311

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