David Cooley, owner of The Abbey and Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, are hosting a fundraiser for the onePULSE Foundation recognizing the one-year mark of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy on June 12, 2016. The event will be held June 5 at The Abbey in West Hollywood.
Several survivors will be at the event to share their stories.
The ticketed event will take place at The Chapel, adjacent to The Abbey. The event begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by a seated multi-course dinner. Tickets are limited to 125 people and are available for $150 at theabbeyweho.com/onepulse. 100 percent of ticket sales go to onePULSE Foundation, the official charity created by the owners of Pulse Nightclub.
Following the dinner, at 9:30 p.m. at The Abbey, will be a special charity drag show, which is open to all. Donations will be accepted at the door at The Abbey and throughout the evening. The show will be hosted by Allusia with performances by Sasha Colby, Jessica Wild, Misty Violet, Barbie’s Addiction, Calypso Jette and more performers to be announced, some of which performed at Pulse Nightclub. Limited reserved seating for the show is also available online.
“This was the worst massacre against the LGBT community in American history and it took place in a nightclub, a safe space for the community, and something that is very personal to me,” said David Cooley, owner of The Abbey. “I had the opportunity to host Barbara and some of the survivors at The Abbey a few months ago, and it was a life-changing experience. I want each of the survivors and victims’ families to know that we are still with you and we will make sure the world remembers your stories.”
Donations to OnePulse Foundation will support the construction and maintenance of the memorial, community grants to care for the survivors and victims’ families, an educational program to promote amity among all segments of society, endowed scholarships for each of the 49 angels and ultimately a museum showcasing the historic artifacts and stories from the event.