The Tampa Bay Rays will play for those in need

For each home run this season, Duke Energy will donate to Tampa Bay 211 Cares

Oct. 19 editor’s note: Duke Energy has donated $105,000 for the Rays’ 105 home runs so far this season. As they play for the World Series title, Duke Energy will double its commitment by donating $2,000 per run to Tampa Bay 211 Cares to help those in need.


How much is a home run worth in the shortened 2020 Major League baseball season? For the Tampa Bay Rays, each earns $1,000 for charity.

Since many fans are still dealing with the effects of the pandemic, Duke Energy will donate $1,000 for each Tampa Bay Rays home run this season to 211 Tampa Bay Cares. As part of Duke Energy’s commitment to supporting its customers and communities, the company will donate a minimum of $50,000 to the organization, which helps with a range of needs from housing and food to childcare, medical expenses and utility bills.

“We hope this donation will help connect anyone who needs assistance to invaluable services,” said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida president. “Tune in and watch the Rays knock it out of the park and score big for local families in need. With our long-time partner, the Tampa Bay Rays, we are committed to Powering Through Together.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have donated more than $6 million to nonprofits in the seven states they serve – including $1 million in Florida. The companies also suspended disconnections for nonpayment in March, and they continue to work with customers to establish extended payment plans as normal billing resumes.

How to get help

211 is a national database of organizations that helps those in need. While this partnership with the Rays benefits the Tampa Bay 211 chapter, anyone can call 211 for a variety of needs. To get help you can:

  • Dial 211 from any phone.
  • Text your zip code to 898211.
  • Visit 211.org.

For information about your Duke Energy bill and other forms of financial assistance: dukeenergyupdates.com