JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hamburger Mary’s in St. Nicholas raised more than $3,000 during their fundraiser benefit Sunday. All proceeds will go toward helping friends, family and victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. This comes exactly two weeks after the mass shooting in Orlando.
It was a packed house with all ages attending from toddlers to adults. More than 200 people came together to show their support during the event. More than 20 performers, singers and speakers collected money to honor the victims in the mass shooting.
It was a fun-filled afternoon with raffles and auction items. Some items auctioned off included paintings, dance lessons, a two-night stay at Double Tree and more.
Pastor Val from Living Wellness Family Worship Center spoke at the event.
The event was originally planned for performer Brittany Moore, who is the drag show director at the Jacksonville location. She is competing in the Miss Continental, an upcoming pageant, and needed to raise money to attend. When the Pulse shooting happened she changed the cause for all the money to go to the victims and families.
Gary Motes, the owner operator at Hamburger Mary's Jacksonville, described the benefit as touching.
“What another touching day at Mary’s, with Brittany giving up her fundraiser to raise more money for victims of the Orlando shooting. In her own words, 'How could I ask people to give to me, when other people are in much more need than me?' And as things start winding down, and everyone’s life gets back to normal, let’s keep the unity in Jacksonville we have all seen the last three weeks," Motes said. "Our pride week is right around the corner. We don’t need a tragic event to bring us together. Get out and visit our business here in Jax. We are really lucky to have landmark clubs here: Metro, Incahoots, Bo's, the Norm and even Hamburger Mary’s. Take one weekend, go out, you will probably see someone you met this past three weeks, or someone that can tell you stories of the history these landmarks have. Anyway, keep safe, and I hope to see you out soon. Until next time, eat, drink and be merry,” Gary Motes said.