Orlando Magic honor those killed at Pulse

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – There’s nothing that can give Mayra Alvear back what she lost, or ease her pain, or calm her anger. With one gesture, she at least felt some joy again.

Underneath a softly swaying banner displaying the number 49 – commemorating the number of lives lost – and as first responders unfurled and held a massive American flag for the national anthem, the Orlando Magic paid tribute Oct. 26 to the victims and survivors of the Pulse gay nightclub massacre with an emotional ceremony immediately before the team’s season-opener against the Miami Heat.

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Pulse victims need more than the millions raised

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The OneOrlando Fund has raised $23 million and counting for Pulse nightclub shooting victims, but experts say the donations won’t be enough to completely offset medical and other expenses incurred from the mass shooting.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that as generous as the donations have been to aid victims of the June shooting that left 49 dead, it won’t be enough to cover all of their medical bills, long-term care and lost wages. In addition to worrying about their recovery, victims are now concerned by mounting medical bills and normal routine living expenses because many are still in treatment and have not yet been able to return to work.

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The OneOrlando Fund reaches for public transparency, mourns the deaths from the Pulse massacre

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“Every time we’ve done one of these compensation programs, it is a horror,” attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg, the recently appointed leader of the National Compassion Fund, told a crowd of victims, their families and the media at one of two town halls scheduled at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando. “We are here to serve the community. Like most Americans, we step up when asked.”

Feinberg, of course, was referring to the ongoing emotional and legal maze plaguing victims of the June 12 Pulse massacre in which 49 were killed and another 53 injured. While the city of Orlando has become a hotbed of discussion for media in search of angles – some ephemeral, some grounded in the enormity of an international tragedy – the families were given a moment to sort out their affairs in a quiet manner, away from the sunshine, media tents and flowers. This was the time for questions.

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Continuing Pulse resources divided by group

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The tragedy at Pulse continues to take a toll on families, friends and the community as a whole, but there is help and there are resources available.

Watermark has set-up a list of where you can go based on who you are and what your needs are.

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OneOrlando Fund to host town hall meetings

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Organizers of the OneOrlando Fund will hold a town hall meetings on August 4 at the Amway Center.

The meetings will be held to discuss how the funds will be distributed to the survivors and victims’ families. Fund organizers are looking for feedback and input from the community about disbursement.

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Orlando Science Center to hold ‘Night at the Museum’ event to benefit OneOrlando

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The Orlando Science Center will be opening their doors for a rare weeknight event to benefit the OneOrlando fund July 19.

OSC’s “Night at the Museum” will open all four floors of exhibits including the giant and 3-D film screens, the Crosby Observatory for sky watching and Mindbender Mansion, the summer only interactive exhibit featuring brainteasers, challenges and puzzles.

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Major Pulse funds join forces

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Orlando – The GLBT Center, National Compassion Fund and Equality Florida are teaming up with the city of Orlando to distribute funds raised for Pulse shooting victims, survivors and their families.

The city’s fund is called OneOrlando and its total is not publicly published, but as of June 30, OneOrlando, EQFL and The Center combined had raised more than $17 million. As of July 6, EQFL’s fund stood at nearly $7 million and The Center’s total was $545,022.

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Gun Shop Raffling AR-15 to Benefit OneOrlando fund

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ABOVE: AR-15 A3 Tactical Carbine with 4x Scope. (From Wikimedia Commons, via Sniper Country)

Mchenry, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago gun shop is raffling a semi-automatic weapon to benefit victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Second Amendment Sports in McHenry, Illinois, is selling tickets for $5 to win an AR-15 rifle similar to the one gunman Omar Mateen used when he opened fire in a gay nightclub June 12, leaving 49 people dead and 53 injured. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Dr. Phillips Center to host “Beautiful Together” arts and music festival to benefit Pulse victims

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On June 28, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando will host a special “Beautiful Together” event to benefit the OneOrlando fund for the victims of the Pulse shooting.

Over 50 local arts organizations have signed on to perform or present, including the Orlando Gay Chorus and the UCF Choir.

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Ahead of tonight’s Pulse benefit concert, 4 questions for Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons

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imagine dragonsWayne Sermon is the guitarist of the band “Imagine Dragons,” who will be playing in a benefit concert at the Hard Rock Live with Nate Ruess and Samantha Ronson for the OneOrlando Fund. Watermark editor Billy Manes, along with Joey Fatone (among others), will emcee the event, which starts at 8:30 p.m.

Sermon took a few minutes to answer four questions from Watermark.

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