Last year, after the Pulse Tragedy, restaurants throughout Florida came together to fundraise to support the families and survivors of the tragedy through Dine Out For Orlando (https://www.frla.org/dine-out-orlando/).
This year, to honor the memory of the 49 innocent victims who lost their lives at Pulse and to support the survivors, the City of Orlando and Orange County, in collaboration with Pulse, have designated Monday, June 12, 2017, as Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.
On this day, a number of community events and activities will take place, including Acts of Love and Kindness – a homegrown movement led by the One Orlando Alliance and influenced by victims’ families.
Local restaurants are also commemorating June 12th with fundraising with specials.
Here are a few (to be updated as we hear more):
Brooklyn Water Bagel
In support of Orlando United Day on Monday, June 12, Brooklyn Water Bagel’s Winter Park and Lake Mary store locations will serve special limited-time only rainbow bagels – with 100% of the proceeds from rainbow bagel sales to benefit the Better Together Fund at Central Florida Foundation. The bagels will be available in-store Saturday, June 10 through Monday, June 12.
Brooklyn Water Bagel hopes to sell thousands of bagels over the course of the weekend, and you can help do your part! Customers who wish to support the effort may purchase the rainbow bagels individually or even take home a baker’s dozen to share the Brooklyn love.
Brooklyn Water Bagel Lake Mary: 3801 Lake Mary Blvd Unit 139, Lake Mary, FL 32746.
Brooklyn Water Bagel Winter Park: 4026 N Goldenrod Rd, Winter Park, FL 32792.
On Monday, June 12 for #OrlandoUnitedDay, 10% from the day’s sales will be donated to Equality Florida, to support all they do for our community.
Umi Japanese Restaurant
525 S Park Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789
Sweet By Holly
On June 12, please join Sweet as they #ActLoveGive together as a united community! On #OrlandoUnitedDay, 50% of all Classic sized Rainbow cupcake sales will be donated to Equality Florida. They anticipate on selling out, so call ahead to book yours! Waterford Lakes – 407.277.7746 or Jacksonville – 904.564.2711. #HonorThemWithAction
Waterford Lakes Town Center
711 North Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828
St. John’s Town Center
4624 Town Crossing Dr., Suite 137
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Sus Hi Eatstation
As a dedication to “Orlando United Day” and in loving memory of the Pulse victims, they will be donating $5 for every t-shirt sold to the onePULSE Foundation. Pre-order at www.makemeninja.com!
– 4498 N Alafaya Trail #324 Orlando, FL 32826 (UCF/East Orlando area)
– 380 S State Rd 434 #1004 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714 (Altamonte Springs area)
The Osprey Tavern
Proceeds from cookie sales to benefit the Central Florida Foundation
4899 New Broad St, Orlando, FL 32814
Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park
Proceeds from marshmallows to benefit Zebra Coalition
300 S Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
There are a number of ways for you to show the power of love, acceptance and inclusiveness by participating in one of the events and activities on June 12, 2017.
On that day, Orlando After-School All-Stars is also partnering with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Central Florida Chapter to host “Round Up For Kids” to help fund the Summer of Dreams program. This free 10-week program provides homeless youth with meals, academic enrichment and mentoring.
“Engaging in Acts of Love and Kindness on June 12 is a respectful, meaningful and deeply loving way to remember and honor the lives of those who were lost too soon,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “One year later, I still believe the Pulse tragedy will not define us, but will bring us together.”
Some of Orlando’s best restaurants are making it easy for you to contribute on June 12, 2017. When you dine at any of the restaurants listed here, http://orlandoasas.org/round-up-for-kids/ round up your check to the nearest dollar amount and let your server know you want to Round Up For Kids. The change you donate will help change lives.
“Florida’s hospitality industry is proud to lend its unequivocal support to assist homeless youth in Central Florida. FRLA encourages patrons to dine at participating restaurants and to round up their tabs for children in need,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of FRLA.
Last summer, Summer of Dreams served 1,137 homeless students from 36 different sites in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties. Each of those students received academic enrichment, tutoring, mentoring, financial literacy training, a back pack filled with school supplies and two meals a day thanks to support from Summer of Dreams Founding Sponsor, Fifth Third Bank. Those students also worked with staff to provide nearly 8,000 hours of community service.
Barb Scherer, Sr. Vice President/Communications from Fifth Third Bank added, “We are pleased to be sponsoring our seventh year of Summer of Dreams. This program is so critical to provide support for homeless children during the summer gap when there is little access to meals. To partner with the City of Orlando, After School All-Stars, FRLA and area restaurants to honor the Pulse tragedy on Orlando United Day by helping these kids is the ultimate act of love, kindness and generosity. Fifth Third Bank is proud to be a part of the Orlando community.”
Event Site: https://www.frla.org/event/orlando-united-day/
For more information about how you can engage in Orlando United Day—A Day of Love and Kindness, go to orlandounitedday.com and actlovegive.com.