In the wake of the Hamas attacks on Israel, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has proven he’s ‘all in’ when it comes to his support of the Middle Eastern, Jewish nation. After Islamic terrorists invaded the country killing and abducting hundreds, Blank has pledged $750,000 in support for medical relief efforts.
Blank, who is Jewish, moved quickly to support the victims of the devastating assault that occurred over the weekend.
“The unimaginable, distressing terrorist attacks on Israel that have resulted in death, injury, and trauma for scores of people over the past few days are an attack on all humanity, and there is no place in this world for the horrific violence we have witnessed,” Arthur Blank said in a statement released by his foundation.
Arthur Blank made his fortune as the co-founder of the Home Depot franchise and purchased the Atlanta Falcons in 2002. He also owns the professional soccer team Atlanta United and was a serious contender to purchase MLB’s Atlanta Braves in 2006, but eventually withdrew his bid.
Arthur Blank is widely known for his charitable and philanthropic work. He is a part of The Giving Pledge campaign – an organization that encourages wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to humanitarian causes.
The majority of Blank’s contribution will go to Barzilai Medical Center near the Israeli-Gaza border and the Soroka Medical Center in southern Israel. In addition, money will go to United Hatzalah emergency services to provide protective gear.
It also looks like there will be more relief money on its way from Atlanta to Israel. Arthur Blank has stated that the $750,000 was only an “initial emergency grant” and that his foundation would look for other ways to aid the nation during this time of conflict.
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