More than $2 million raised for Florida's First Coast Relief Fund

Only nonprofit organizations serving Duval, Clay, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties can apply for money from the fund.

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Jacksonville’s business and philanthropic community has pledged more than $2 million to help with recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The money will go to Florida's First Coast Relief Fund, established in 2016 in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced Tuesday he was giving $1 million to the fund.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has donated $500,000 and the Mayo Clinic is giving $250,000. The hospital is donating an additional $500,000 for other Irma relief efforts.

The Lucy Gooding Charitable Trust is pledging $200,000.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc., also known as Florida Blue, also is supporting statewide recovery efforts with a $1 million donation. Of that, $100,000 will go to the fund.

The health insurance company’s CEO Pat Geraghty said Florida's First Coast Relief Fund was issuing emergency grants of $100,000 to the Northeast Florida chapter of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army of Northeast Florida.

Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, Baptist Health, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the United Way of Northeast Florida also made contributions totaling $300,000.

Only nonprofit organizations serving Baker, Duval, Clay, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties can apply for money from the fund.

The fund is managed by a committee made up of representatives from nonprofit organizations and the City of Jacksonville.

In 2016, $652,000 was raised for Hurricane Matthew relief. Of that, $150,000 was available to help with Monday’s storm.

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