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Jaguars owner Shad Khan announces $1 million donation for Irma recovery efforts

by: Kaitlyn Chana, Action News Jax Updated:

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced a million donation to Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund to assist in regional recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma.

Jacksonville Jaguars had played and lost 37-16 against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field on Sunday in the team’s first regular season home game.  

“This brings the community back together and we all rally around the Jags. There is nothing better than cheering for your home team,” Jim Hurckes said.

Khan participated in a halftime celebration of the resiliency of Jacksonville alongside Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and representatives from the United Way of Northeast Florida, the Community Foundation, Jaguars corporate partners, major foundations and citizens who have contributed to the relief fund.

To provide further relief and reward to those affected by the storm, Khan and the team also announced early this week a donation of 5,000 tickets to first responders and community members. 

For the past few days, first responders have been putting their own lives at risk and have given up much for our community.

“It’s a thankless job sometimes and we appreciate all the support we get from our first responders,” said Jay Hurckes.

“Just thank you, I wouldn’t even know how to say thank you enough for people who spend their time helping people all day every day,” Stephenie Ditles said.

The colors were presented by a joint color guard consisting of the representatives of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and sailors from Naval Air Station Jacksonville.