Sunday night saw one of the worst mass shootings in history happen on the Las Vegas strip after a gunman opened fire on crowds of people from a hotel room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. More than 50 people died and over 500 were wounded in the incident, which rocked the city to its core.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is based in Las Vegas and had been sharing information on blood drives and locating family members following the shooting. Now, it’s stepping up even more, announcing a $1 million donation to the families of victims.
“This is my city, this is my town. I grew up here, I raise my family here,” White said in an interview with TMZ Sports. “All my friends live here. This is where my business is. And the people ... what we're going to do is we're going to donate $1 million to the people, the families, the people who are affected by this. And you know, it's still too early, so we'll see what pops up over the next week. But, we're gonna cut that money up and donate it to a bunch of things that have to do with the tragedy.”
UFC also confirmed that UFC 216 this weekend (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) in Las Vegas will go on as originally planned, with the event now being dedicated to the city. The show is being held at T-Mobile Arena just across the street from the Route 91 Harvest Festival that suffered the brunt of the attack.
For those looking to make donations themselves, the National Compassion Fund has a great track record of making sure your money gets to the families of tragedies like this.