Orlando concert raises more than $700K for victims, survivors, and families

The "All is One Orlando Unity Concert," headlined by Imagine Dragons and Nate Ruess, and featuring Samantha Ronson, raised over $700,000 last night for the victims, families, and survivors affected by the recent tragedy at Pulse, according to early estimates by Hard Rock Live Orlando, where the concert was held. Thousands of concert goers showed up to stand in solidarity with the Orlando LGBT community, where GLAAD Vice President of Programs Zeke Stokes joined local LGBTQ leaders on stage to support the event. The concert, organized and executed in just 5 days, was hosted by a coalition of organizations including GLAAD, The Ally Coalition, iHeart Media, and the OneOrlando fund,  which was created in the wake of the June 12 tragedy. OneOrlando will receive 100% of all proceeds, which will directly benefit the victims, families, and survivors.

 

Imagine Dragons and Nate Ruess helped spread the news of the concert on their social media accounts, tweeting and instagramming photos leading up to their performances, asking fans to support through ticket purchases and donations.  Ruess added on his Instagram photo, "It's with a heavy heart that this event is being put on, but hopefully your proceeds … along with our songs, can help make a much needed impact."  

 

 

Nate Ruess opened the concert to cheering fans who were in attendance to make an impact like the singer had hoped. Imagine Dragons, with their sharp rhythms and beats rocked the venue over the cheers and voices of those in attendance, who showed up to make their support for the LGBTQ community in Orlando known.

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