Donations, support pour in for victims of Vegas

Victims from Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas have received an unprecedented outpouring of support, receiving more than $8.3 million in donations.

Clark County officials set up a GoFundMe campaign on Monday with the goal of raising some $800,000, but within 24 hours donataions totaled more than 16 times the original goal.

“I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the Las Vegas community & beyond,” Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak wrote in a tweet Monday afternoon, adding “every penny will be put to use.”

By early Wednesday morning, nearly 64,000 individuals, businesses and corporations donated to the campaign, beginning with Sisolak’s pledge of $10,000. So far, MGM Resorts provided an “amazing” donation of $3 million, an anonymous donor pledged another $500,000, The Cosmopolitan resort and its CEO Bill McBeath donated $250,000 donation, and GoFundMe pledged to give $150,000 to the fund for the victims.

Outside the campaign, Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton and his wife, Kathleen, donated $100,000 and the NFL Foundation, as well as the Raiders, gave “generous donations” to the fund.

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