Rocco B. Commisso: “We have received phenomenal support from our friends on both sides of the ocean, and I want to thank everyone who has donated.”( Photo)

Rocco B. Commisso is so grateful.

Almost a month ago, the Mediacom Communications chairman and CEO and Cosmos owner, along with his Serie A club, AFC Fiorentina started a Go Fund Me project to help hospitals in northern Italy that have struggled battling the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of Wednesday morning, $887,000 had been raised.

The project had a goal of around $543,000.

The fund is called “Forza E Cuore” (Strength and Heart).

“Since the moment I purchased Fiorentina, the people of Florence have welcomed me and my family with open arms,” Commisso said in a statement. “To repay their kindness, we felt compelled to create a fundraiser to help them through this extraordinarily difficult time. We have received phenomenal support from our friends on both sides of the ocean, and I want to thank everyone who has donated.”

“Forza E Cuore” is the largest American driven fundraiser to benefit the people of Italy

Commisso’s family donated $270,000 to kick start the project.

The funds will go toward providing essential medical supplies and equipment, which includes masks, surgical clothing, hand sanitizer, infrared laser thermometers, virus testing kits and ventilators, for hospitals in the Florence area.

Funds will be donated to the Careggi Foundation and the Santa Maria Nuova Onlus Foundation, whose mission is to financially support the main hospitals in Florence, according to the Fiorentina website.

“We thank president Commisso, his family and everyone at Fiorentina for this precious donation,” Careggi Foundation director general Rocco Damone said in a press release. “We are working to use the funds to purchase personal protection equipment for operators. The donation has happened quickly and it’s something that we need immediately in order to provide more essential equipment to protect the doctors and nurses responsible for treating patients affected by coronavirus. On behalf of the entire Careggi community, I want to say thank you to the Commisso family.”

Commisso purchased Fiorentina last June.

To make a contribution to the fund, visit:

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