JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Metro nightclub in Riverside raised $12,000 during their fundraiser Friday night. Proceeds will go to the displaced staff of Pulse nightclub, many of whom are now without jobs.
Jerry Rosenberg, the co-owner of Metro Entertainment Complex, said over 500 people came together to show their support and to honor the victims in the mass shooting.
"My heart is filled with joy, over the number of people that came out to support the fundraiser last night. So many straight people who have never been to a gay bar came out to Donate, and show their love for the community," Rosenburg said about the turnout Friday night.
The LGBT bar made sure to heighten their security by not allowing bags or purses inside. Also, everyone who entered was wanded by a security metal detector to ensure the safety of those inside.
The event included a silent auction and raffle where attendees could win multiple gifts. $1,000 was raised in raffle tickets alone.
The benefit at Metro nightclub on Willow Branch Avenue was called "One Love." Many people began to pack the bar around 7 p.m., donating their time and money.
"Bartenders, barbacks, managers, bouncers that are now out of work. No one knows yet how long it will take to relocate or rebuild Pulse. And they're out of work for now so it's all about raising money," Rosenburg said.
If you would like to donate to the Pulse Employee Recovery Fund, you can visit http://www.pulseorlandoclub.com.
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