Devin Booker felt immediate concern for Deandre Ayton after seeing Hurricane Dorian ravage through his teammates’ homeland of the Bahamas.
“I actually reached out to him when it first happened,” Booker said.
Weeks later, Booker and several of his Suns teammates came out to support Ayton’s continued effort as the 7-footer had a donation drive on a stormy Monday night at Ocean 44 restaurant for hurricane relief.
“He told me he needed to do something about it, and he did,” Booker continued. “He said he already had something in mind. It’s a great event.”
Team owner Robert Sarver, president and CEO Jason Rowley, general manager James Jones and Suns players Kelly Oubre Jr., Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo and Booker joined Ayton at the Scottsdale restaurant.
Ocean 44 looked to donate the proceeds raised from food and alcohol sales of the first 250 dinners to UNICEF on behalf of the hurricane victims. The restaurant ended up writing a check for 37,040.25 while Sarver donated $10,000.