June 18, 2016 at 8:32 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. event raises $31,000 for Orlando victims
victims, gay news, Washington Blade

A fundraiser at Town netted $31,875 for Pulse victims. (Washington Blade photo by Hugh Clarke)

A fundraiser Thursday night held at D.C.’s gay nightclub Town Danceboutique and organized jointly by Town and the Latino GLBT History Project raised $31,875 for a special fund established in Florida to help families of the 49 victims of the June 12 mass shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse.

The statewide LGBT advocacy group Equality Florida created the Pulse Victims Fund to provide assistance to the families and other surviving loved ones of the victims of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Community leaders in Orlando have said most of the victims were members of the LGBT Latina and Latino communities who assembled at Pulse for the club’s weekly Saturday Latino night dance party.

Organizers of the Thursday night, June 16, fundraiser at Town said $31,875 raised came from individual donations from attendees, donated bartender tips, and 100 percent of all bar sales at Town.

“That is certainly a solid number to be proud of…and now we want to take the weekend to see if we can double it,” a statement released by organizers says. “Please join us this weekend and make any contribution you can to the effort,” the statement says. “Collection jars will be at the front door and behind the bars.”

Organizers said collection jars will be stationed at Town and the two other D.C. gay bars owned by Town’s owners – Number Nine and Trade.

Contributions for the fundraising drive can also be made through the Latino GLBT History Project at www.latinoglbthistory.org/donate.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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