Billy Gilbane and Jeffrey Tousey hosted an alfresco drinks party at their new north end home to introduce the plans for the permanent memorial of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that took 49 lives in the second worst mass shooting in American history.
Guests were welcomed by Barbara Poma, the owner of the nightclub, and now the CEO and executive director of the OnePulse Foundation, along with Earl Crittenden, chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The One Pulse Foundation was established to create a sanctuary of hope following the tragic day in American history — Sunday, June 12, 2016 — to honor the 49 Angels that were taken, the 68 others who were injured and the countless first responders and healthcare professionals who treated them.
This fund is intended to support a memorial that opens hearts, a museum that opens minds, educational programs that open eyes and legacy scholarships that open doors. Contributions from generous individuals, foundations, corporations and government entities directly support all of the National Pulse Memorial & Museum design, construction, land acquisition costs, operations, community education programs, and 49 Legacy Scholarships. This is a defining mission and healing initiative that we hope inspires supporters who share our vision and understand the solemn and sacred responsibility to which this community has been entrusted.