On Friday night the community came together to show support for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida at the ‘We Are Pulse’ benefit concert at City Park.
The event was hosted by Tarleton State University’s Gay-Straight Alliance and exceeded the goal raising more than $1,000 for the victims.
Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason, director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Tarleton, who was a sponsor of the concert, said they are proud to stand with the LGBTQ community.
“Having an event like this benefit concert allows us all to come together, show support and raise funds for victims and survivors in Orlando,” she said. “We hope to foster a sense of safety and community while celebrating and honoring the lives of those lost this summer.”
Seven musicians took the stage while the last hour was dedicated to a tribute to those who lost their lives.
“To me this concert is about more than music, it’s about people coming together to say, ‘We care, we love you, and we’re deeply sorry for you loss,’” Josh Harville, guest musician at the concert, said. “It’s to take a negative situation and put some positive energy into it for those that have hurt so much.”
All the proceeds will be donated to the official Pulse Victims Fund on gofundme.com.
The benefit meant a lot to those who put it together, including GSA member Bertie Gardner, who grew up in Stephenville.
“For it to happen in Stephenville means there’s a change happening in the world,” Gardner said. “And to see my actual community coming together here to celebrate LBGT members really means a lot to me.”