Florida restaurants raise money for Orlando shooting victims
More than 1,200 Florida restaurants agreed to help raise money for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
There is no overall fundraising goal and Restaurant and Lodging Association Vice President Dan Murphy said individual restaurants have a wide range of options for participating.
"There is not a goal. I think the idea is that we want everyone to participate. We have some restaurants that are doing 10 percent. Some are doing all their proceeds from one day. Some are doing 50 percent. We have a lot of locations that will give just a single check. So it’s all over the board and it's hard to tell, but with 1,200 restaurants, I’m sure it's doing to be a nice total," Murphy said.
Participating restaurants are also accepting donations and some servers will be volunteering their time and donating their tips.
At least 21 northeast Florida restaurants were among those participating in Thursday's "Dine out for #OrlandoUnited" event. For a full list, visit the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association's website.
Thursday afternoon, Orlando Regional Medical Center reported that 44 Pulse victims had been treated, nine died, 31 were discharged and four remained in the hospital. One patient remained in critical condition, one was guarded and two were in stable condition.
Since the attack, surgeons have performed 64 operations on victims.
News4Jax learned Tuesday that victim Rodney Sumter of Jacksonville had been discharged from ORMC. His family said he will be going to rehab for his gunshot wounds, a process that could take up to six months.
WJXT/News Service of Florida