To show support and help raise funds for the Orlando, Florida Pulse nightclub victims and survivors, Tarleton State University’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is hosting a benefit concert, ‘We Are Pulse,’ that will be held from 7-10 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Stephenville City Park.
“A few members had been thinking that we needed to do something to help and to reclaim what was taken from the LGBTQ community,” Torri Carroll, GSA member and event coordinator, said. “So I got the idea to recreate that safe atmosphere in the sense of a club, which led to live music, which led to a benefit concert.”
The seven musicians playing are Seth Cantu, Kelton Hicks, Billy Hartman, Kerri Lick, Josh Harville, Jon Young and Cami Maki.
The event will feature an art auction and tribute that will take place in the last hour.
“Right now the plan is for there to be a cover of the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon and during the song we’re going to read out the names of the 49 victims and light tea candles in their honor,” Carroll said. “Scott’s Flowers is donating a wreath in their honor.”
All the proceeds raised from the benefit will go directly to the official Pulse Victims Fund on gofundme.
“That’s being handled by Equality Florida and so 100 percent of the donations are being distributed to victims’ families and survivors themselves,” Carroll said. “They’re also partnered with another company that has helped distribute money after Sandy Hook and the Chicago shooting as well.”
Pre-sale tickets are $7 and can be purchased at Scott’s Flowers or the office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Tarleton Student Center. Tickets can also be purchased the night of the concert for $10 each.
“I’m hoping that the community will get more involved so some of our members know that they have support within the Stephenville community,” Shelby Martinez, GSA president, said. “I’m hoping we can get a lot of participation so that we can donate a large amount.”
GSA members are excited about the event and hoping the community will come together for a good cause.
“With me being the oldest one here and being from Stephenville, I’ve seen it come from where it was to where it is now,” Michael Eddington, GSA member, said. “So something like this will hopefully pull everybody together and help everyone understand that we’re all one, we’re all here for a reason and we all have a purpose here on Earth.”
Tarleton’s GSA is still accepting any art donations for the auction and corporate sponsors. To be a part of this benefit concert, contact Torri Carroll at 512-734-6565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.