Make us your home page
Instagram

OneOrlando has raised $7.5 million, calls in victim fund expert Kenneth Feinberg

The City of Orlando has established its own fundraising campaign, the OneOrlando Fund, for the victims of the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub.

The City of Orlando has established its own fundraising campaign, the OneOrlando Fund, for the victims of the deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub.

Times Staff Writer

Three days after its inception, the OneOrlando Fund has raised $7.5 million to help victims, their families and the city recover from the Pulse nightclub shooting, Mayor Buddy Dyer's office announced Friday.

That brings the amount of private donations to more than $13 million.

The city also brought in victim fund expert Kenneth Feinberg to help distribute the OneOrlando Fund money. Feinberg, a mediation attorney based in Washington D.C., has helped manage funds for victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the Virginia Tech massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing.

Feinberg told the Tampa Bay Times that the process of distributing funds is cut and dry.

"The really tough part is not designing or administrating the programs ... It's all mathematical," he said. "The difficult part is the emotion associated with the horror."

Alex Martins, president of the NBA's Orlando Magic, was named chair the OneOrlando Board. The board "will provide the oversight and guidance needed to support the victims of the Pulse tragedy and their families," the mayor' office wrote in a statement.

"We recognize there are victims in need of support now, and we ask for your patience as we ensure we are able to assist these victims in an open, transparent and equitable manner," the mayor said in the statement. He added that details about distributing the funds will be released in the near future.

The OneOrlando Fund has a broad purpose: To help the community recover. It is being administered by the Central Florida Foundation and will be geared to, among other things, community nonprofit groups dealing with the aftermath of the attack.

Previous Coverage: Crowdfunding quickly raises money for Orlando shooting victims — at a price

By Friday evening, LGBT civil rights group Equality Florida had raised more than $5.2 million through its GoFundMe.com page, a fund they say will be paid out to victims and their families.

Gov. Rick Scott is also asking for donations to the Florida Disaster Fund, which will also benefit groups aiding victims of the Orlando attack. So far the governor's office said it has raised more than $10,000.

Contact Alli Knothe at [email protected] Follow @KnotheA.

OneOrlando has raised $7.5 million, calls in victim fund expert Kenneth Feinberg 06/17/16 [Last modified: Saturday, June 18, 2016 9:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Massachusetts firm buys Tampa's Element apartment tower

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Downtown Tampa's Element apartment tower sold this week to a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company that plans to upgrade the skyscraper's amenities and operate it long-term as a rental community.

    The Element apartment high-rise at 808 N Franklin St. in downtown Tampa has been sold to a Northland Investment Corp., a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company. JIM DAMASKE  |  Times
  2. New York town approves Legoland proposal

    News

    GOSHEN, N.Y. — New York is one step closer to a Lego dreamland. Goshen, a small town about fifty miles northwest of the Big Apple, has approved the site plan for a $500 million Legoland amusement park.

    A small New York town, Goshen approved the site plan for a $500 million Legoland amusement park. Legoland Florida is in Winter Haven. [Times file  photo]
  3. Jordan Park to get $20 million makeover and new senior housing

    Real Estate

    By WAVENEY ANN MOORE

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG —The St. Petersburg Housing Authority, which bought back the troubled Jordan Park public housing complex this year, plans to spend about $20 million to improve the 237-unit property and construct a new three-story building for …

    Jordan Park, the historic public housing complex, is back in the hands of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority. The agency is working to improve the 237-unit complex. But the latest plan to build a new three-story building for seniors will mean 31 families have to find new homes. [LARA CERRI   |   Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Coming soon at two Tampa Bay area hospitals: a cancer treatment that could replace chemo

    Health

    A new cancer treatment that could eventually replace chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants — along with their debilitating side effects — soon will be offered at two of Tampa Bay's top-tier hospitals.

    Dr. Frederick Locke at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is a principal investigator for an experimental therapy that retrains white blood cells in the body's immune system to fight cancer cells. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved these so-called "CAR-T" treatments for adults this month. In trials, 82 percent of cases responded well to the treatment, and 44 percent are still in remission at least eight months later, Locke said. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  5. Regulator blasts Wells Fargo for deceptive auto insurance program

    Banking

    Wells Fargo engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, failed to properly manage risks and hasn't set aside enough money to pay back the customers it harmed, according to a confidential report by federal regulators.

    Wells Fargo engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, failed to properly manage risks and hasn't set aside enough money to pay back the customers it harmed, according to a confidential report by federal regulators.
[Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images, 2017]