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Community to Join “Acts of Love & Kindness” and “49 Bells” to Mark Second Year Remembrance of Pulse Nightclub Shooting

June 12, 2018 (ORLANDO, FL) — “Acts of Love & Kindness” serves to honor and remember those taken at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016. The homegrown movement inspires the Orlando community and beyond to engage in volunteerism and show love by supporting those still in need. The One Orlando Alliance — a coalition of more than 30 Orlando LGBTQ+ organizations — continues to mobilize this movement.

“The Pulse tragedy was the darkest day in Orlando’s history, yet hate did not win or divide. In fact, it sparked a movement of love, kindness and generosity here at home and around the world,” said Jennifer Foster of the One Orlando Alliance. “Though we can never get back the innocent lives that were forever taken from us, our community remains stronger and more united than ever before. There’s much more that we all can do to honor everyone affected and continue to create a better community.”

Last year, over 2,500 people volunteered their time in support of “Acts of Love and Kindness” totaling more than 5,000 hours of service. The movement generated more than 250,000 Facebook impressions and 5 million views on Snapchat. Citizens gave to organizations like the onePULSE Foundation, the Central Florida Foundation and The Contigo Fund.

For individuals and organizations seeking ways to help, survivors have come together to create a list of the top ten ways they want to see love shown. Additionally, the families of the 49 created a beautiful list of 49 “Acts of Love and Kindness” to honor their loved ones. People, companies, nonprofits and volunteers are asked to visit OneOrlandoAlliance.org/AOLK learn more.

Social media will also play a major role as individuals and organizations participate in acts of love and kindness, big or small, by sharing photos, videos and by writing about their experiences using the hashtag: #ActLoveGive.

Churches, temples, synagogues and mosques around the world are also participating in “Acts of Love and Kindness” through the “49 Bells” initiative. Places of worship are volunteering to toll their bells 49 times at noon on June 12, 2018, in tribute of those taken. To date, more than 132 faith organizations and counting have noted their involvement. Organizations can also participate by displaying a message of love and kindness on public-facing signs.

As Orlando nears the second-year remembrance of the Pulse nightclub shooting, “Acts of Love and Kindness” is a reminder that even after crimes of unspeakable evil, love conquers all and hate never wins.

One Orlando Alliance Coalition Members: ACLU-CFL- Chapter, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Bliss CARES, Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band & Color Guard. CFGALLA (Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Association), Come Out With Pride, Equality Florida, Hispanic Federation (Proyecto Somos Orlando), Hope+Help, Human Rights Campaign, Impulse Group-Orlando, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, Loving Lasting Memories & Memories (“Oak Central Florida”), Metropolitan Business Association, The Mental Health Association of Central Florida, Miracle of Love, Orlando Immunology Center, One PULSE Foundation, Orlando Gay Chorus, Out & Equal-Greater Orlando, Orlando United Assistance Center, PFLAG-Orlando/Central Florida, Planned Parenthood of the Southwest and Central Florida, Pulse of Orlando, Q-Latinx, Two Spirit Health Services, United Way, UCF-LGBTQ+ Services, Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Watermark.

Media Contacts:

Robin Maynard-Harris E/ Robin@LibbysLegacy.org P/ 407.948.4917

José Luis Dieppa E/ Jose.Dieppa@ComeOutWithPride.org P/ 407.285.6904

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Community to Join “Acts of Love & Kindness” and “49 Bells” to Mark Second Year Remembrance of Pulse Nightclub Shooting

April 25, 2018 (ORLANDO, FL) — The “Acts of Love and Kindness” movement returns, 49 days out from June 12, in remembrance of those taken at Pulse nightclub. The homegrown movement that inspired the Orlando community and beyond last year to engage in volunteerism and show love by supporting those still in need starts today. The One Orlando Alliance — a coalition of more than 30 Orlando LGBTQ+ organizations — continues to mobilize this movement.

“The Pulse tragedy was the darkest day in Orlando’s history, yet hate did not win or divide. In fact, it sparked a movement of love, kindness and generosity here at home and around the world,” said Jennifer Foster of the One Orlando Alliance. “Though we can never get back the innocent lives that were forever taken from us, our community remains stronger and more united than ever before. There’s much more that we all can do to honor everyone affected and continue to create a better community.”

Last year, over 2,500 people volunteered their time in support of “Acts of Love and Kindness” totaling more than 5,000 hours of service. The movement generated more than 250,000 Facebook impressions and 5 million views on Snapchat. Citizens gave to organizations like the onePULSE Foundation, the Central Florida Foundation and The Contigo Fund.

For individuals and organizations seeking ways to help, survivors have come together to create a list of the top ten ways they want to see love shown. Additionally, the families of the 49 created a beautiful list of 49 Acts of Love and Kindness to honor their loved ones. People, companies, nonprofits and volunteers are asked to visit www.ActLoveGive.com to learn more.

Social media will also play a major role as individuals and organizations participate in acts of love and kindness, big or small, by sharing photos, videos and by writing about their experiences using the hashtag: #ActLoveGive.

Churches, temples, synagogues and mosques around the world are also participating in “Acts of Love and Kindness” through the “49 Bells” initiative. Places of worship are volunteering to toll their bells 49 times at noon on June 12, 2018 in tribute of those taken last June. To date, more than 30 faith organizations across the western hemisphere have noted their involvement with more to come. Organizations can also participate by displaying a message of love and kindness on public-facing signs.

As Orlando nears the second-year remembrance of the Pulse nightclub shooting, “Acts of Love and Kindness” is a reminder that even after crimes of unspeakable evil, love conquers all and hate never wins.

One Orlando Alliance Coalition Members: ACLU-CFL- Chapter, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Bliss CARES, Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Band & Color Guard. CFGALLA (Central Florida Gay and Lesbian Association), Come Out With Pride, Equality Florida, Hispanic Federation (Proyecto Somos Orlando), Hope+Help, Human Rights Campaign, Impulse Group-Orlando, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, Loving Lasting Memories & Memories (“Oak Central Florida”), Metropolitan Business Association, The Mental Health Association of Central Florida, Miracle of Love, Orlando Immunology Center, One PULSE Foundation, Orlando Gay Chorus, Out & Equal-Greater Orlando, Orlando United Assistance Center, PFLAG-Orlando/Central Florida, Planned Parenthood of the Southwest and Central Florida, Pulse of Orlando, Q-Latinx, Two Spirit Health Services, United Way, UCF-LGBTQ+ Services, Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Watermark.

Media Contacts:

Robin Maynard-Harris E/ Robin@LibbysLegacy.org P/ 407.948.4917

José Luis Dieppa E/ Jose.Dieppa@ComeOutWithPride.org P/ 407.285.6904

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49 Bells to Toll in Honor of the Victims of the Pulse Tragedy – Families Call Upon Religious and Business Leaders to Join

(April 17, 2018-ORLANDO, FL) — On June 12, 2018, bells will toll 49 times in unison around the world as a tribute to the victims lost during the Pulse nightclub tragedy. Mothers of the victims are calling upon churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and businesses to join them by tolling their bells and showing solidarity with messages of love and kindness on their public signs.

On June 12, 2016, a gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida killing 49 innocent people and injuring dozens more. The Pulse tragedy is one of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history and those victimized were primarily members of the LGBTQ+, Latinx and Black communities.

As the one-year remembrance of the tragedy approached, mothers of the victims launched an effort to find 49 churches around the world willing to toll their bells 49 times in honor of those taken. In response, 323 churches in 9 countries tolled their bells as the City of Orlando and the Orange County Government announced the dedication of June 12, 2017 as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.

The tolling of the bells is part of “Acts of Love and Kindness,” a One Orlando Alliance movement grown out of the spirit of giving and good deeds witnessed in the aftermath of the tragedy at Pulse nightclub. The movement inspires the Orlando community and beyond to engage in volunteerism, share stories and show support through acts of love and kindness in the 49 days leading up to June 12. Those participating in “Acts of Love and Kindness” are encouraged to share their stories on social media using the hashtag: #ActLoveGive

“Bells are sacred. We toll them for death and we ring them for celebration,” said Maria Wright, mother of Jerry Wright, 31 at the time he was tragically killed at Pulse Orlando. “Many faith traditions use bells as they resound within our innermost being. Jerry was a man of great faith and loved God and this was a purposeful way to honor his life, we are so grateful”.

“Hearing those bells was so beautiful and then seeing so many ceremonies posted to Facebook from other states and countries was just amazing, I know Amanda is smiling down,” says Mayra Alvear who lost her daughter, 25 on June 12, 2016. Requests to join the movement have been sent to the Pope and other religious and business leaders throughout the world.

To register or view the interactive map of those who have already registered created by One Orlando Alliance, visit 49Bells.org.

Media Contacts:

Robin Maynard-Harris E/ Robin@LibbysLegacy.org P/ 407.948.4917

José Luis Dieppa E/ Jose.Dieppa@ComeOutWithPride.org P/ 407.285.6904

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