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Over $5.3 million raised for Orlando club shooting victims

June 14, 2016

Corporate and individual donors have given more than $5.3 million to help victims of Sunday's mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida by a gunman who killed 49 people and wounded 53, organizers of fundraising drives said on Tuesday.

A campaign led by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has received donations including $1 million from the Walt Disney Co (DIS.N), which hosts millions of visitors a year at its Walt Disney World Resort in the Orlando area, company and city officials said. Donations to the mayor's OneOrlandoFund will be distributed through the Central Florida Foundation and will support non-profit organizations that are supporting the victims and their families, the Hispanic community as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, Dyer said in a statement on the Orlando city website.

The gay rights group Equality Florida set up a page on the fundraising website GoFundMe.com, which had collected $3.6 million from more than 80,000 donors online as of Tuesday afternoon.
 

 

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