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New Orleans Pelicans Pitching In More Relief Money To Aid Hurricane Ida Rebuilding

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 24, 2021

The 2021-22 season is just around the corner but so many in southern Louisiana are still trying to rebuild their neighborhood blocks after another round of storms decimated the region. Hurricane Ida has left so many without food, shelter, power, or trash removal services for weeks while blue tarps cover their homes. To aid in the reliefl efforts Gayle Benson and the New Orleans Pelicans have once again pledged funds to local communities in conjuction with the the Gulf Coast Renewal Fund.

The Pelicans and the Gulf Coast Renewal Fund are donating $100,000 to Rebuilding Together New Orleans and another $100,000 to Got Our Troops “in an effort to restore and revitalize communities in South Louisiana” according to the team’s released statement. Furthermore, the renewal fund has initiated a $300,000 donation to create the Playground/Gymnasium Rehabilitation Fund “with a purpose of restoring outdoor playgrounds, damaged gymnasiums, equipment and basketball courts in areas affected by Hurricane Ida.”

 Benson says, “As South Louisiana continues to recover following Hurricane Ida, our organization is determined to help our local communities heal. In conjunction with the Gulf Coast Renewal Fund, the Pelicans front office, coaches and players are not only helping charitable organizations and local nonprofits provide essential resources and services to support hurricane relief efforts in South Louisiana, but are also initiating a new fund to restore outdoor playgrounds, gymnasiums and basketball courts for youth in the impacted communities. We appreciate all of the disaster response teams who are doing everything they can to restore the region, and we know that the organizations receiving these funds will provide critical resources and services to those who need it most. As we prepare for our team to start of training camp next week, we are committed to uplifting our communities who have been affected by the storm.”

This follows continued efforts by the team and players to assist the communities in any way possible. New Orleans Pelicans newest first round draft pick and incoming rookie Trey Murphy III donated meals in partnership with Raising Cane’s to Team Rubicon, a volunteer-led organization who is helping to restore the Houma (Terrebonne Parish) region which was in Hurricane Ida’s direct path. Pelicans guard Devonte’ Graham is leading a multiple prize charity raffle with all proceeds to be donated to the Gulf Coast Renewal Fund and distributed to local organizations.

The day after Hurricane Ida made landfall and the destroyed large swaths of the region’s homes, Benson announced an initial $1 million donation to the Saints and Pelicans Gulf Coast Renewal Fund. On September 2 the NFL and NBA communities started pitching in to support the Gulf Coast Renewal Fund by donating nearly $5 million. Both Benson-led team announced on September 14 a second round of donations totalling over $850,000 that have been distributed to several nonprofits.

There are New Orleans residents still not able to return home. Those that have are still facing shortages of water, fuel, and other luxuries like trash pick-up that so often get taken for granted. Schools may not return for the year, sports seasons are being canceled and altered daily. For those fortunate to help, please do. Fo those needed more information on getting help through the Playground/Gymnasium Rehabilitation Fund, please visit For more information about the Pelicans’ hurricane relief efforts including ways to donate, please visit


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