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Tribe, Lynyrd Skynyrd team up to help hurricane recovery efforts

Hollywood Councilman Chris Osceola, second from left, and Gov. Ron DeSantis, fifth from left, were on stage Oct. 16 at Hard Rock Live with Lynyrd Skynyrd for the announcement of $200,000 in donations to help Hurricane Ian-impacted communities. (Courtesy photo)

HOLLYWOOD — The Seminole Tribe and longtime legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd joined forces to help with recovery efforts in communities impacted by Hurricane Ian.

During its stop at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood on Oct. 16, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced a $100,000 donation to the Florida Disaster Relief Fund. The tribe matched the donation with another $100,000.

Check presentations on stage included Hollywood Councilman Chris Osceola, Seminole Gaming Chief Operating Officer David Hoenemeyer, Gov. Ron DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno and members of the band.

“We appreciate the overwhelming support of the Florida Disaster Fund to help Floridians recover and rebuild,” Casey DeSantis said in a press release. “We are committed to helping folks get back on their feet, and support from Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Seminole Tribe gets us closer to that goal and we thank them for their support.”

Hurricane Ian was a Category 4 storm when it walloped Southwest Florida in late September. The death toll in the state was more than 100.

According to the release, the fund has raised more than $45 million for hurricane-impacted communities. The fund is the state’s official private fund created to provide financial assistance to communities dealing with emergencies or disasters.

Lynyrd Skynyrd was formed in Jacksonville in the mid-1960s. Its signature song “Sweet Home Alabama” was released in 1974.