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FC Buffalo scoring goals for a cause through nationwide June Prideraiser

Posted at 10:20 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 23:48:35-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Three straight shutouts, three straight wins. FC Buffalo is feeling good as they approach the midpoint of their regular season.

"Our team really enjoys being with each other so I think that's what's really helping us on the field," said defender Colin O'Keefe.

The Blitzers are 3-1 overall and over the last three games, they've scored ten goals. Those goals though are doing more than just improving their record, they're helping to raise money for a cause.

"What we're doing right now and what the fan base is doing, is something extraordinary," said defender Filip Johansson.

FC Buffalo is the latest team to take part in a month-long nationwide campaign called "Prideraiser". Members of The Situation Room, FC Buffalo's fan base, are the ones who got this thing rolling.

"It was started by Detroit City FC's group," TSR member Jeff Plummer said. "They kind of built the platform and this is the first year we jumped on it and said we need to get involved at this point."

The campaign's goal is to raise money for local LGBTQ+ charities and here's how it works. FC Buffalo fans can donate a certain amount of money for every goal the team scores throughout the month of June. At the end of the month, that money will then be donated to the Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York.

"I think everybody's kind of rallied around it and everyone in our group has pledged," Plummer said. "It's not like you have to pledge $10 or $15 a goal. I pledged $1 a goal and that's all you need to do. The team will do the rest."

"I think the whole group is talking about it like let's score some goals and let's prove that we can do something," Johansson added.

Nationally, this campaign has raised nearly $40,000 and counting. Both the FC Buffalo fans and players are hoping to help out a community and bring their fan base together to do some good.

"We're not just in the stands yelling and screaming," Plummer said. "We're also trying to do some good in our community and I think that helps on both fronts."

If you'd like to make a donation to the FC Buffalo Prideraiser, you can do so here.