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Josh Gray launches fund for hometown of Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura devastation

New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Gray feels like one of the fortunate ones – his Lake Charles, La., home escaped major damage from Hurricane Laura last week, sustaining broken windows and a partial roof collapse, but the structure is mostly intact. That’s in contrast to many of his friends and neighbors in the city of 78,000 people, who’ve witnessed the complete destruction of their properties.

Hurricane Laura slammed the area Aug. 27, causing 19 deaths and major destruction as a Category 4 storm. An LSU player from 2014-16, Gray is a native of Lake Charles, located 205 miles west of New Orleans.