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    Online Fundraiser for Orlando Attack Families Pulls in Over $2M in 24 Hours

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    A GoFundMe fundraiser to support the victims and families of Sunday’s massacre at a gay nightclub raised over a two million dollars in a single day.

    The fundraiser, launched by Equality Florida, topped the one million mark in the first 11 hours it was active. Within a day, it had reached $2,340,534 with contributions from 54,673 people.

    “Gay clubs hold a significant place in LGBTQ history. They were often the only safe gathering place and this horrific act strikes directly at our sense of safety. June commemorates our community standing up to anti-LGBTQ violence at the Stonewall Inn, the nightclub that has become the first LGBTQ site recognized as a national monument,” the statement on the GoFundMe stated.

    To distribute the funds, the group will be working with the National Center for Victims of Crime who helped manage funds raised for victims of the Aurora and Chattanooga shootings. The organization has vowed that every penny will go to supporting the victims.

    Most of the amount raised has come from individuals pitching in $1,000 or less.

    Several of the contributions have been extremely large however, including a $100,000 contribution from the GoFundMe team.

    “Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this senseless act of violence,” The GoFundMe Team wrote with their donation on Monday afternoon.

    Other large donations include a $30,000 donation from Executive Pride, an organization supporting the LGBT business community, and another $25,000 from Cricket Wireless.

    Social media maven and makeup entrepreneur Jeffree Star donated $20,000 and urged followers to pitch in to support the community.

    “Sending love. Praying for everyone affected in this horrible tragedy,” Star wrote in a comment alongside the donation.


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