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Just a couple of days after hosting a gathering of faith leaders in a vigil for Orlando, downtown Santa Ana's Velvet Lounge is holding a fundraiser to help in the aftermath. From owner Zach Moos:
In a response to the Orlando massacre of 49 innocent LGBT lives, we are interrupting our regularly scheduled shows and throwing a big fundraising event this Saturday night called TOGETHER. We are an LGBTQ+ bar and nightclub, so this is very important to us. Our goal is to raise at least $15,000 for the victims and survivors, through donations, proceeds, tips, raffle and silent auction.
I'm asking for help from those we work with. Help can be a in various forms, prizes for raffle, silent auction items, product contributions or financial donations.
TOGETHER will consist of 6:30pm reception, and an 8:00pm cabaret style show, hosted by Pandora Boxx from RuPaul's Drag Race. In addition to the money raised through the fundraising activities above, Velvet Lounge will match all the tips the performers earn, as well as contribute 20% of sales during the event. So this help is desperately needed.
I know this is short notice, but this has all happened very fast. As an LGBT nightclub it hits very close to home for our business and the 50 employees that are part of the family. If your company can do anything to help out, please let me know. Thanks for supporting us.
You heard Velvet, good readers: go support. If you can't support, offer something for a silent action. See you there!