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Hurricane Sandy relief: Dolphins owner donates $500,000

For Stephen Ross, a native of Miami who now lives in New York City, the recent natural disaster hit home.

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Hurricane Sandy, one of the most significant natural disasters to hit the Eastern seaboard in some time, affected people across a huge swath of the United States.

Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins and a New York City resident, was one of them. On Thursday, he announced that he would personally donate $500,000 to disaster relief efforts, while the net proceeds of any tickets for the Dolphins game against the Titans on Sunday sold from Thursday to Sunday would go to charity as well:

"The devastation of Hurricane Sandy knows no boundaries, and I know I speak for the Dolphins and Related in expressing our dedication to help those in need during this difficult time," Ross said in a press release. "We saw first-hand the damage the storm caused to our community, and with the close ties South Florida has with the Northeast, the Dolphins certainly want to support those families who are dealing with Sandy's aftermath. But no matter where we live, our hearts go out to the people who suffered losses as a result of the storm, and we are committed to help them recover from the tragedy."

With so many people who lost everything in the storm, any little bit of charity helps.

Ross, a native of Miami Beach who made his fortune in real estate, has owned the Dolphins since 2008.

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