The 76ers’ managing partners have made two more donations.
Josh Harris and David Blitzer on Thursday made six-figure donations each to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Camden’s Cooper University Health Care.
The CHOP donation will help provide telemedicine to children, who are in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Telemedicine allows doctors to have remote visits, enabling them to make quick diagnoses.
“At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the well-being of our patients and families is our highest priority,” CEO Madeline Bell said in a statement. "The funds from this generous donation ensure that we can fulfill our mission of providing high-quality health care for all children, in all circumstances.
“Thank you to Josh Harris, David Blitzer, and the entire 76ers organization for thinking of us as we navigate these uncharted water and support the families our community.”
The Cooper donation will be used for N95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves, gowns, sanitizer, eye protection, ventilators, and other medical equipment. The health-care workers at Cooper also expressed their appreciation for the donation.
Those were just two of seven donations Harris and Blitzer recently made totaling millions of dollars.
They made a six-figure donation Tuesday to New Jersey’s RWJBarnabas Health, a partner of the New Jersey Devils. Harris and Blitzer also own the NHL team. That donation was for ventilators, surgical masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, gowns, cleaning supplies and eye protection for employees.
Harris and Blitzer also own the Prudential Center, home of the Devils. On Monday, they donated the team’s remaining supplies — 7,000 pairs of gloves, 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, soap, and other supplies.
That came the same day it was announced that Harris and Blitzer made two major donations in the Philadelphia area.
They made a seven-figure commitment to buy 10,000 Chromebook laptops for students in the School District of Philadelphia. The computers will help the students receive an education at home.
And they made an undisclosed six-figure donation to Philabundance, the local nonprofit organization. That donation was used to provide 20,000 boxes of food that will feed 160,000 people in the Philadelphia area.
On Friday, Harris and Blitzer made a donation to the Newark, N.J., food-relief program to assist families affected by COVID-19. Families in need received ShopRite gift cards and shopping assistance.
Last week, Harris reversed course in announcing that the Sixers’ and Devils’ at-will workers would keep their salaries. Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which owns the teams, decided not to recoup some of its lost revenue because of the pandemic and the uncertainty of the NBA and NHL’s suspended seasons.
Hourly and event staff employees at the Prudential Center will be paid through May 15.