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June 15, 2016

Giving to Support Orlando Victims Surpasses $5 Million

Corporate and individual donations to aid the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando reached $5.3 million Tuesday, including a $1 million gift from the Walt Disney Company, Reuters reports.

Most of the giving — $3.6 million as of Tuesday afternoon — has come through a GoFundMe drive hosted by LGBT-rights group Equality Florida, which has drawn more than 80,000 donors. Forty-nine people were killed and 53 injured when a gunman whom authorities have identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub, in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Disney, which draws millions of visitors annually to its Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, made its gift through the OneOrlando Fund established by the city’s mayor, Buddy Dyer. Donations to the fund will be allocated through the Central Florida Foundation to support nonprofits serving the victims and their families and the city’s Hispanic and LBGT communities.