Peyton Manning launches Chattanooga Heroes Fund to honor shooting victims

(Courtesy: UTsports.com)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WATE) – Denver Broncos quarterback and former Vol Peyton Manning established the Chattanooga Heroes Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to support the families of those who lost their lives as well as those who were wounded in the tragic shootings on July 16.

“Our family has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the great city of Chattanooga, and it has a very special place in our hearts,“ Manning said. “But on July 16, 2015, this strong, welcoming community was forever changed by the tragedy that unfolded.”

Manning has made an initial contribution to the Chattanooga Heroes Fund, which is accepting donations online or by mail.

The Chattanooga Heroes Fund will provide a continuation of financial support to help the families and individuals directly affected by the shooting meet longer-term financial need.

The Fund is intended to bridge the gap between shorter-term support and future challenges the families and/or individuals stand to face in the coming years.

Manning visited Chattanooga following the shootings. The Chattanooga Police Department tweeted a photo with the caption” Thanks you for stopping by and for your support.”

He visited the second of the two shooting locations, the Naval Marine Corps Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway on July 18.

Click here for complete coverage of the Chattanooga shooting.

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