July 12 marked one month since tragedy struck our community with the horrific events that unfolded in the early morning at Pulse, killing 49 people and injuring more than 50.
Today, I am proud to say that our city remains strong as we continue to not let this hateful act define us. We are responding with love and unity.
In the days, weeks, months and years ahead, our community and those impacted by the tragedy will continue to work through the delicate and difficult process of healing.
This week, we announced a partnership with the United Way, who will help manage the Orlando United Assistance Center, ensuring that this critical path towards healing remains available to our community and for those who need it most.
If you are looking for ways to help, I want to encourage you to support the OneOrlando Fund. Funds collected will provide critical support directly to the victims’ families and survivors, many of whose lives have been changed forever as a result of the tragedy.
This week, Kenneth R. Feinberg, Administrator of the OneOrlando Fund, released a draft Protocol that outlines the proposed process for the distribution of the OneOrlando funds directly to victims’ families and survivors.
In addition to feedback from Equality Florida and the National Center for Victims of Crime/National Compassion Fund, the OneOrlando Fund Board is encouraging input from victims’ families and survivors of the Pulse tragedy and the Orlando community. Two town hall meetings will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Amway Center to get feedback from the public.
Together, we are continuing to support those in need as we remain Orlando United.
– Buddy Dyer, Mayor