The Tampa Bay Rays won a title and helped those in need

Duke Energy donated up to $2,000 to 211 Tampa Bay Cares for each Rays home run totaling $123,000

How much is a home run worth? For the Tampa Bay Rays, each earned up to $2,000 for charity, and the new league champions hit enough to donate $123,000 to those in need.  

Throughout the season, Duke Energy donated $1,000 for each home run, and during post-season play, the company increased its commitment to $2,000. The money will benefit 211 Tampa Bay Cares, which helps with a range of needs from housing and food to childcare, medical expenses and utility bills.  

“Our hometown team scored big for our Powering Through Together partnership, which has allowed us to help countless families facing financial challenges and personal hardships through these difficult times,” said Catherine Stempien, Duke Energy Florida president. 

211 is a national database of organizations that assist those in need. People can dial 211 and be connected to organizations that provide help – many 211 centers are managed by regional United Way chapters.  

“This donation will help us support many of our families and individuals with some of their most essential needs during these challenging times,” Kathleen Roache, 211 Tampa Bay Cares crisis center supervisor, said. 

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

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