The deadly mass shooting at an Orlando night club tragically altered the lives of those present, and added to the violence of this summer and United States history. On Friday, August 19, several celebrities will come together to pay tribute to the lives lost with a special event in Los Angeles titled onePULSE: A Benefit for Orlando.
With support from famous faces, the onePulseFoundation seeks to raise funds to help loved ones and survivors cope with what happened at Pulse Nightclub in June. Donations will help provide a memorial in Orlando and finance the Pulse-centric efforts of the National Compassion Fund by the National Center for Victims of Crime. Donations can be made by individuals and companies as well as by texting “PULSE” to 91999.
In addition, the onePulseFoundation will auction off “one-of-a-kind experiences” from celebrities like Mark Cuban, Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres, Cyndi Lauper, Sir Richard Branson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, LP, and Robbie Rogers.
Pulse Nightclub owner Barbara Poma will appear among activists, survivors, families, celebrities, and sponsors at NeueHouse Hollywood. “With the help of some incredibly generous partners, we are grateful to lean on the platform that the industry provides to spread love and support to those affected by this tragedy,” she said in a statement, “I am awed by how quickly so many individuals have come together in a common cause. Our goal is to create a true family community.”
Two video presentations will shed light on the tragedy. The first collects interviews from survivors and grieving loved ones. In the second, President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton offer a special message in response to the hope and compassion shown at onePULSE: A Benefit for Orlando.