Ravens, Orioles each donate $5 million to those affected by Key Bridge collapse

BALTIMORE — The Ravens and Orioles have joined forces to help those affected by the collapse of the Key Bridge in Baltimore.

The pro sports organizations have donated $5 million apiece to the Baltimore Community Foundation’s Key Bridge Emergency Fund, which was established to provide support to the families, port workers, first responders, small businesses, and communities affected by the March 26th tragedy.

“The resiliency of our city has once again been sorely tested,” said Orioles owner David M. Rubenstein. “Under the leadership of Governor Wes Moore, and in collaboration with the Ravens, the Orioles offer this contribution to support those who keep our city, our state, and our country in business.”

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a release:

“Our heartfelt condolences are with the victims of this tragedy and their families. We are thankful to our first responders for their bravery and tireless work. The Ravens are honored to support the Francis Scott Key Bridge recovery efforts and affected Maryland families and businesses. We are confident that Baltimore and Maryland will keep displaying tremendous spirit and strength during this time of great need.”

A container ship crashed into one of the bridge’s pillars, which caused a large portion of the structure to collapse into the Patapsco River. At least six construction workers were believed to have been repairing the roadway at the time of the collapse.

Two men were rescued, but the bodies of only two of the six who died have been recovered. A mayday signal went out shortly before the ship hit the bridge support, and traffic was halted from crossing the bridge.

On Friday, August 5th, President Joe Biden visited the accident site and spoke with the families of the victims. Cranes, ships, and diving crews are still working toward reopening the area — one of the nation’s main shipping lanes.

“Your nation has your back and I mean it,” Biden said.

Governor Moor signed an executive order that directs $60 million to provide immediate temporary economic relief to support businesses and workers impacted by the collapse.

The Key Bridge Emergency Fund also supports regional efforts to heal, respond, and memorialize, in coordination with adjacent efforts with the Foundation’s strategic partners.


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