July 1, 2016
City of Orlando - From the Office of Mayor Buddy Dyer
We'll Continue to Be Orlando United at Fireworks at the Fountain
In the days since the tragedy at Pulse, our community has united.
We’ve lined up for hours to donate blood. We’ve joined each other for vigils at Lake Eola Park and numerous other locations throughout our region. We’ve helped victims receive financial support by making donations to the OneOrlando Fund.
Now that Orange Avenue has completely reopened, we can again come together to support our local Downtown South businesses who have also been impacted by this tragedy.
Many of Downtown South’s businesses were closed for days. Others have had few customers due to the road closure, making it difficult to pay employees and bills.
The businesses that were able to remain open were diligent in providing assistance in any way possible to our first responders and law enforcement agencies.
I thank our Downtown South businesses for being so supportive following the tragedy. Together, let’s unite to support these businesses.
- Buddy Dyer, Mayor
June 14, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
The OneOrlando Fund
Mayor Buddy Dyer
I have announced the formation of the OneOrlando Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse nightclub tragedy.
The distribution of the funds will be administered by the Central Florida Foundation. The Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds.
The Fund will support:
- Nonprofits that are supporting the victims and families
- The LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities
- Underlying causes of this tragic event
- Other needs we cannot anticipate until we face them
The OneOrlando Fund is a project of Strengthen Orlando, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation created for the purpose of supporting and starting projects to strengthen the Orlando community.
The outpouring of support from our City partners has already begun:
- Walt Disney Company $1,000,000
- In addition, eligible donations from Disney employees will be matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation
- Darden Restaurants $500,000
- The Orlando Magic $100,000
- JetBlue $100,000
- Mears $50,000
To contribute to the OneOrlando Fund, please visit OneOrlando.org.
Checks may be made payable to OneOrlando Fund and sent to:
PO Box 4990
Orlando, FL 32802-4990
For information regarding the OneOrlando Fund or to make a wire transfer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 13, 2016, 7:30 a.m.
Pulse Nightclub Shooting Update
Mayor Buddy Dyer
Yesterday was the most horrific day in the history of the City of Orlando. And yet, I stand here today even more proud of our community because they came together, united to support the families and friends of the victims.
We learned of the heroic acts of our Orlando Police Department as well as other law enforcement, as well as our citizens as hundreds of lives were saved throughout the night. And the medical personnel that saved so many lives that were transported to the hospital are heroes.
I cannot imagine being one of the parents or being one of the loved ones who learned your loved one was deceased.
The FBI did an unbelievable job clearing the scene. By 11 p.m., all victims were removed from the scene by FDLE.
I want to compliment the medical examiner and FDLE for the work they did all night long, making identifications of victims and notifying next of kin. Forty-eight of the 49 victims have been identified. Twenty-six next of kin have been notified, with more to come.
The number to call for families is 407-246-4357. As the next of kin are being notified, we are putting the names on cityoforlando.net/victims.
We will not be defined by the act of a cowardly hater. We will be defined by how we respond, how we treat each other.
June 12, 2016, 8 p.m.
The message below is from Mayor Buddy Dyer:
This morning our community, and our nation, experienced a horrific crime. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
We are dealing with a tragedy that we never could have imagined. What happened this morning in our city could have happened in any community in the country. President Barack Obama has provided the support of the federal government, and Governor Rick Scott accepted my request for a state of emergency in the City. This allows us to bring in additional resources to support our efforts.
We are focused on identifying the victims and notifying their families. Law enforcement is working the scene as efficiently and diligently as possible while being respectful to the remains of the deceased. The names of the victims after their next of kin have been notified are being added to cityoforlando.net/victims.
I am proud of how our community has responded to this tragedy. Our dedicated first responders and hospital staff deserve our thanks. Their actions have saved many lives. And today many residents donated blood to help the victims and joined one another to lend support.
We have set up a hotline for family members of the victims: 407-246-4357. Aspire Health has also offered grief counselors through the Zebra Coalition who can be reached at 407-228-1448.
We understand our community is grieving and that vigils are being planned but please hold off on vigils - they represent a serious strain on our limited City and public safety resources, which we need to dedicate to law enforcement and victims.
If you are seeking a location to leave memorial items, please use the green space in front of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando.
Despite the fact that this crime will have a lasting effect on our city and country, Orlando is a strong community. We will be grieving together in the upcoming days, weeks and months. We need to support each other and love each other. This tragedy will not define us, but will bring us together.
- Buddy Dyer, Mayor