BREVARD COUNTY - On Wednesday, June 12, in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Twisted Rooster and Space Coast Pride held a memorial night of remembrance.
Courtney Thompson, president of Space Coast Pride, organized the event along with Twisted Rooster Bar in West Melbourne.
"I put together slideshow videos of news clips and some of the tributes," Mr. Thompson said. "We had every victims name and picture on a giant wall that we put inside the bar."
Attendees were able to view the wall and have a moment of reflection.
On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire inside the nightclub, killing 49 people and wounding 53 in the second deadliest terrorist act in the U.S. since September 11.
Approximately 70 people turned out to pay their respect.
"This year we were at a place where I felt we could put something together and I felt like we needed to," Mr. Thompson said. "There were a few people there that knew victims of the tragedy and it put a local perspective on how many lives this touched all over Florida."
All proceeds from the event were donated directly to the OnePulse Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the care of survivors and their families.
Twisted Rooster owner, Jimit Kapadia, designed a portion of the interior of his bar, during its construction, with 49 small angels along a portion of its walls.
The event raised $500 dollars from contributions and tips made from the entertainment from the night.
For more information about Space Coast Pride, visit www.spacecoastpride.org.
For more information on Twisted Rooster Bar, visit www.twistedroosterbar.com