July 7, 2016 at 11:58 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims Fund reaches $7 million
Pulse, Orlando, gay news, Washington Blade

Pulse (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims campaign has exceeded $7 million, Equality Florida announced on Wednesday.

The GoFundMe fundraiser, which had an original goal of $100,00, was started shortly after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando claimed 49 lives. Equality Florida reports $6.9 million has now been raised online. Additional offline fundraising makes the total contribution $7 million. The current goal is to reach $10 million.

Corporate donors who have contributed include GoFundMe, Hamburger Mary’s Restaurants, MGM Resorts International, Tamp Bay Rays and Tito’s Vodka. Public figures such as California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Lena Dunham, Jeffree Star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Philip DeFranco and Stuart Milk also donated to the fundraiser.

The Miami Herald reports many local businesses and restaurants contributed with their own fundraising efforts.

“The outpouring of love and support from across the globe has been overwhelming,” Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith said in a statement. “We are grateful for the small-dollar gifts that comprise the bulk of this fund, and contributions from those who have used their positions of power to support the victims and families.”



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