Bolstered by money from some of Central Florida’s biggest corporate players, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on Tuesday announced formation of the OneFlorida Fund to help victims and family members in the aftermath of the mass shooting early Sunday at the Pulse nightclub.
The announcement said The Walt Disney Co. is donating $1 million, while Darden Restaurants is donating $500,000 and the Orlando Magic and JetBlue are each contributing $100,000. Meanwhile, Equality Florida, an LGBT advocacy group, had raised more than $3.8 million as of Tuesday afternoon to support victims of the shooting at the gay nightclub. Equality Florida was raising the money through the GoFundMe website.
“We are beyond moved by the support from all corners of the world and all walks of life,” Equality Florida said on the GoFundMe page for the effort. “From average Americans, large corporations, celebrities, musicians, artists, and political figures, over 65,000 donations have been made towards Equality Florida’s Pulse Victim Fund, totaling to $2.8 million dollars. We do not know the total costs for the victims of this horrific hate crime, therefore are working to raise as much as possible and disperse the funds as fast as possible. We would like to inform all supporters that Go Fund Me has contributed $100,000 towards this campaign to support the victims and their families. We are so grateful for all of the support the Go Fund Me team has provided.”
–FlaglerLive and News Service of Florida