Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie and the Philadelphia Eagles are donating $1 million toward COVID-19 efforts in the city. The generous donations are being split among supplies for essential healthcare workers and their families, as well as supporting local businesses during this challenging time.
Lurie explained the donation:
“From the moment that COVID-19 began to threaten our way of life, we have been actively involved in deep and thoughtful conversations around ways to best serve and support the well-being of those on the front lines and their families.”
He noted that they collaborated with people throughout the city to develop a comprehensive plan to provide support specifically to healthcare workers.
“It cannot be overstated how appreciative we are for everything these workers have done – and are doing – to care for those directly impacted by this global pandemic. Their bravery and courage are admirable. And their efforts, and those of their families, have made us all safer during these incredibly difficult times.”
The Eagles’ donation includes $250,000 to the American Red Cross as part of the NFL’s Draft-a-Thon initiative during this weekend’s draft. The fundraising component of the three-day event is aimed at raising money for six national non-profits, from which each of the 32 teams selected one or more organizations to receive funding. The Eagles have selected the American Red Cross of Southeastern PA Region.
The donation breakdown, which includes mental health services for essential medical workers and their families:
Note that this donation is separate from the $1 million Lurie previously donated to the COVID-19 Immunology Defense Fund.