MCA’s ‘Straight Men – Real Makeup’ event is back benefiting onePULSE

By : Samantha Neely
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ORLANDO | Makeup and Creative Arts (MCA) will host their third annual “Straight Men – Real Makeup,” benefit to raise money for the onePULSE Foundation on Feb. 15.

MCA is a Central Florida studio that specializes in FX makeup, masks and props; and its event showcases straight men “stepping out of their comfort zones” and dressing in drag while performing routines for a live audience, all while raising money for a worthy cause. While this is the third “Straight Men – Real Makeup” benefiting onePulse, this is actually the fourth time MCA is holding this event.

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4th annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run announces early-bird registration

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: Runners in the CommUNITY Rainbow Run in 2018. (Photo by Brian Becnal)

ORLANDO | The CommUNITY Rainbow Run isn’t until June 6 but that doesn’t mean you can’t save your place at the starting line now.

Registration for onePULSE Foundation’s fourth annual 4.9K opens Feb. 1 and will be in early bird sign-up until April 2. Registration in only $40 during that period with an increase to $49 starting April 3. Same day registration is $60.

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Barbara Poma, CEO and Executive Director, onePULSE Foundation

By : Mark Cady-Archilla, Corporate Sponsorship Officer, onePULSE Foundation
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I met Barbara nearly 10 years ago when I was in advertising sales at Watermark to discuss advertising Pulse in one of the Pride guides we were publishing.

Though she is of small stature, when she walked into the room, in a dress and heels with her long wavy hair, she commanded attention which I soon came to understand was not because of her appearance, rather because of her confidence, sincerity and warmth.

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onePULSE Foundation receives $1 million donation from AdventHealth

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation announced Dec. 11 that AdventHealth will be donating $1 million to the nonprofit to help in building the National Pulse Memorial & Museum.

The donation will also fund a healthcare-focused scholarship and assist in developing the museum’s educational curriculum.

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onePULSE Foundation releases information on The 49 Legacy Scholarships program

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation announced Nov. 18 that the application period for the inaugural 49 Legacy Scholarships will begin Dec. 1.

The 49 Legacy Scholarships program will award 49 individual scholarships annually — each up to $10,000 — for use at an accredited institution of higher learning, including career and technical schools.

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onePulse Foundation announces design finalists in national memorial and museum competition

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation released six potential designs for the National Pulse Memorial and Museum on Oct. 3.

Each of the six concept designs are available for the public to view at the Orange County Regional History Center, located at 65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando, or online via the accompanying digital exhibition at onePULSEFoundation.org.

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onePULSE Foundation makes land purchase for future location of museum

By : Lora Korpar
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ABOVE: The Pulse Interim Memorial. (from onePULSE Foundation’s Facebook)

ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation took its next step toward creating the National Pulse Memorial & Museum with a $3.5 million purchase of land near Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the organization announced in a press release Sept. 16.

Scheduled to open in 2022, the museum will honor the 49 victims of the 2016 Pulse shooting. The 1.75-acre parcel of land purchased is located at 438 W. Kaley St.

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Florida lawmakers call for Pulse to be named National Memorial Site

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | U.S. Representatives Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Darren Soto (FL-09) and Val Demings (FL-10) announced they would like Congress to establish the Pulse nightclub as a federally recognized National Memorial Site.

Pulse owner Barbara Poma joined the Orlando-area representatives at a press conference held at the Pulse interim memorial June 10, two days before the three-year mark of the shooting.

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City of Orlando, Orange County proclaim June 12 ‘Orlando United Day’

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: Artwork from Orlando County Regional History Center’s 2018 exhibit “Another Year Passes: Orlando After the Pulse Nightclub Massacre.” (Photo by Layla Ferris)

ORLANDO | Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, along with the Orlando City Commissioners and Orange County Commissioners jointly proclaimed June 12, 2019 to be “Orlando United Day.”

“As we approach the three-year mark of the Pulse tragedy, our community continues to honor the 49 innocent lives taken on June 12, 2016, and support the survivors and victims’ families,” said Dyer. “I am proud to join Mayor Demings to proclaim this June 12 as ‘Orlando United Day’ in the City of Orlando and Orange County and help show that we are still responding to that hateful act with love, compassion and unity.”

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PHOTOS: CommUNITY Rainbow Run honors memory of the Pulse 49 with 3rd annual event

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation’s CommUNITY Rainbow Run at Wadeview Park in Orlando had a huge turnout June 8.

The third annual event had hundreds of people walking, running and dancing for 4.9k through Orlando neighborhoods including down Orange Ave. in front of Orlando Health and the Pulse Memorial to celebrate diversity while honoring those 49 lives that were taken in the Pulse tragedy.

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Orlando remembers 3-year mark of Pulse tragedy this June

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | June 12, 2019 will mark three years since a gunman walked into the Pulse nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring dozens more.

Several organizations will hold vigils, memorials and events in and around Central Florida to honor the victims leading up to and on June 12. We have gathered information on a few and provided it below. Watermark will continue to update this list over the next two weeks with more events as information becomes available.

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Central Florida-based web series to feature four local trans leaders

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | “Unapologetically Trans,” a new web series filmed in Central Florida and featuring four local transgender community leaders, was announced via social media on May 11.

Jordyn Victoria Laos, Holly Gramm, Ashley Figueroa and Nikole Parker will host the series “about life through trans eyes while in the pursuit of happiness.” The show will feature candid conversations with community members and allies about various topics.

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