Watermark’s running list of Pulse fundraisers, vigils and memorials

By : Watermark Staff
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A number of organizations and individuals are putting together fundraisers events and vigils to benefit those affected by the Pulse shootings, be they injured victims, family members of the deceased or Pulse employees, all of which will need significant financial support in the coming months.

Because Orlando is such an engaged, supportive community, the events are being scheduled quickly and there are a considerable number of them. If you know of any we missed, please feel free to comment and let us know so we can add them to the round-up. This page is updated daily.

Dine Out for Orlando United
Led by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA, the fundraiser, “Dine Out for Orlando United,” will be a day for Florida restaurants, their employees and guests to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the tragedy. All proceeds raised will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund, which is designed to provide a way to respond to the needs of the local community, now and in the time to come. We encourage everyone to get involved.

Guests: Dine at a participating restaurant on June 30, and/or choose to make direct donations.
Employees: Work a shift on June 30, choose to volunteer your time, or donate a portion of your tips.
Businesses: Join Dine Out for Orlando United and raise funds for us. This can include helping to promote, organize and/or donate.
Restaurants can participate that day by:
– Donating a portion of total sales
– Making a donation for every guest served
– Collecting donations received from guests and staff
– Donating a portion of total profits
– Making a donation for every sales of a specific item
– Identifying a set donation amount that’s right for you.

The FRLA has a complete list of participating restaurants, statewide.


UCF Orlando Strong 5K
The UCF Greek Life and Student Body will host a 5K event that will bring the Orlando community together to support and raise money for the families of the deceased Pulse victims. The event will take place July 2 from 5- 9 p.m. A guest speaker will conclude the event with a memorial speech for the fallen and their families. It is $10 for regular registration for the event and $15 for registration with the inclusion of an OrlandoStrong T-Shirt.
To register for the event please visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Orlando/UCFOrlandoStrong5k

United Forever-A Fundraiser
On July 3, Hamburger Mary’s, Orlando Weekly and COWP will co-sponsor a fundraising event at Orchid Garden & Cheyenne Saloon from 3-6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, which includes an open bar and entertainment. Half the money raised will benefit the OneOrlando fund, the other half will benefit a fund for the Pulse employees.

Paws for Pulse Fundraiser for Victims and Families of Orlando
Fluffy Cuts is hosting a dog wash fundraiser to donate money to the Pulse Victims GoFundMe account. Dog washes will be given on a first come first serve basis between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on July 3. Donations will be accepted at the shop and the prices for services are as follows:

  • Small dogs – $10
  • Medium dogs – $15
  • Large dogs – $20

“Memories of a Penitent Heart” Screening at the Enzian
The Enzian Theater in Maitland will be showing the documentary “Memories of a Penitent Heart” on July 3 at 12 p.m. All proceeds from this film, along with food and beverage, will be donated to the victims’ families. Enzian members must purchase tickets to this event before making a table reservation. In an effort to raise money, there will be no discounts for this screening. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion to discuss the film and how it relates to the tragedy impacted by our community.

#OrlandoUnited, A Winter Park Tribute
City of Winter Park will host #OrlandoUnited, A Winter Park Tribute on July 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in Central Park located in downtown Winter Park.
The event will feature live entertainment by Orlando Big Band, remarks by Winter Park Mayor Steve Leary; Florida State Senator Geraldine F. Thompson, District 12; Florida House Representative Mike Miller, District 47; Winter Park Police Chief Brett Railey and other local dignitaries and the lighting of 49 Globes of Light above the Emily Fountain in honor of the 49 lives lost.

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