In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Mayor Dyer created the OneOrlando fund to support the victims and their families, LGBT communities, and other groups that have been effected by this incident. The Fund started on Monday night, and by Tuesday night, OneOrlando has raised $1.75 million.
Reportedly,Walt Disney Company donated $1 million to the fund. Darden’s restaurants donated $500,000. JetBlue and AT&T both donated $100,000 each. Also, AT&T is giving customers the opportunity to donate to Orlando Health to assist victims with medical support by texting “Orlando” to a provided phone number.
In addition, Disney will match employees’ donations so that the fund gets double what’s being donated. Disney is also allowing friends and family of victims to stay in Disney World for free and creating on-site blood donation centers for employees to support the victims in the hospital.
“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “With 74,000 Cast Members who call Orlando home, we mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.”
Reportedly, one of the victims, Jerald Arthur Wright, worked in various departments at Disney prior to being killed in the shooting. Sources state that Disney has been supportive of the LGBT community in the past. Disney took a stand to stop filming in Georgia in regards to the consideration of an anti-gay rights bill back in March.
— Darden Restaurants (@darden) June 12, 2016
— JetBlue Airways (@JetBlue) June 15, 2016
— AT&T (@ATT) June 14, 2016
— Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) June 14, 2016