Orlando’s Pulse nightclub will host a fundraiser on Thursday, its first event since a gunman killed 49 club-goers on June 12. The theme will be “Latin night,” the same event Pulse hosted the night of the attack.
“We need to show that we are strong, that Pulse continues and that we appreciate all the help the community has shown us,” Pulse club owner Barbara Poma said in a statement. “We have all come through an extraordinary and terrible ordeal, and we know that we have to keep moving forward. My commitment is to keep Pulse alive, and this is a great way to start just that.”
Instead, the fundraiser will take place at Wildside BBQ & Grille, a restaurant two miles away in downtown Orlando that Poma’s husband owns.
Pulse spokeswoman Sara Brady told the Orlando Sentinel that the change of location shouldn’t affect the nature of the party, and that Pulse entertainers and drag queens would be performing.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. but is expected to carry on through the night.