Orlando's Pulse Club Holds Latin Night Block Party Fundraiser for Survivors

Orlando's Pulse Club Holds Latin Night Block Party Fundraiser for Survivors

Workers of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, which was attacked June 12 in a mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 53 more, came together on Thursday for a block party fundraiser to help support the gay club’s employees, who haven’t been able to work since the tragedy.

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Suggested donations for attendees were $20, though many gave much more. One guest wrote a check for $2,500.

Club owner Barbara Poma said the money will be deposited into a nonprofit she started called Pulse of Orlando, and it will be donated to her staff, who are still grieving.

“They’re all in different places, and all had different experiences,” said Poma.

One employee, Justin Phan, a dancer at the club, said life has been difficult since the attack.

“It’s been really hard. Especially since two of the people I lost were like parents to me,” Phan said.

It’s the first event Pulse has held since the massacre, and Poma made it Latin-themed, just as it was the night of the mass shooting – the deadliest in modern U.S. history