Today, Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida (The Center) and the National Compassion Fund announced a partnership with OneOrlando to ensure all funds collected for victims are disbursed in a unified process that will expedite funds, ensure transparency and safeguard against fraud. 
Combined the organizations have raised over $17 million to assist the families of the 49 killed, the 53 who were shot and the hundreds also targeted June 12 at the Pulse night club. 
“Words cannot express how grateful we continue to be for the outpouring of generosity our community’s received as the people from around the globe continue to contribute funds to OneOrlando to deliver the critical help and healing the victims’ families and survivors need to aid in their recovery,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. 
Equality Florida has raised $7 million largely via social media in a campaign that has set records for online philanthropy. The statewide LGBT organization partnered immediately with the National Compassion Fund, experts in managing disbursement following mass shootings. 
“We made three promises to all donors to the victim’s fund from day one: Every penny we receive will go to victims and survivors without exception. We would be transparent about the process for disbursement and we would do everything to expedite the funds while screening carefully for fraudsters. This partnership maintains those commitments and increases the funding dedicated to those who died and those whose lives have been shattered by this vicious hate crime,” said Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director.
“We at The Center are grateful to be able to join our Victim’s fund with those of Equality Florida and OneOrlando. By unifying the funds, we will be able to ensure that those affected by this tragedy have a single resource to assist in the long road to recovery ahead of our community. We look forward to working together to ensure our community is taken care of in the best way possible,” said Tim Vargas, The Center’s Board President. 
To date, with these partnerships and the generous donations from individuals and corporations from around the globe, more than $17 million has been pledged or donated to go directly to the victims’ families and survivors.
Donations are still being accepted and are encouraged to further the impact this fund will have on those most affected and impacted by the tragic events on June 12, 2016. To support the victims’ families and survivors, visit OneOrlando.org.


The National Community Development Association (NCDA) has recognized the collaborative effort between the City of Orlando, Orange County Government and Lighthouse Central Florida by honoring them with the 2015 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the National Community Development Association event in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2016. Continue reading “City of Orlando, Orange County Government and Lighthouse Central Florida Receive Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award”


The City of Orlando is proud to announce the launch of a Small Business Digital Permitting (business.cityoforlando.net). Orlando’s Small Business Digital Permitting is a web-based tool designed around the citizen experience. The site strives to make complex projects, like starting a new business, easier to understand and navigate.

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MoviEola Returns to Lake Eola Park Free Monthly Movie in the Park Series Starts May 1st


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The City of Orlando invites residents and visitors to MoviEola, a free monthly movie series at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando.  Beginning on Friday, May 1, and continuing on the last Friday of every month through August, a free, family-friendly movie will be shown on the East Lawn.  The event will start at 6:00 p.m. with lawn games, the playground, music and food available for purchase at the park with the feature movie showing at 8:00 p.m.

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City of Orlando Employees Raise More Than $440,000 for Central Florida Charities through Annual Workplace Giving Campaign


DSC_6872 DSC_6871Thanks to the generosity of City of Orlando employees, Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioners made check presentations at the February 23 City Council meeting totaling $442,889 in donations to 681 local and national charity organizations. Through the City of Orlando’s Workplace Giving Campaign, more than 1,400 City employees participated in the 2014 fundraiser and surpassed the campaign’s $440,000 goal.

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Orlando’s New Fire Chief Sworn in at the Change of Command Ceremony


Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer transitioned the responsibility of the Orlando Fire Department from Chief John Miller to Chief Roderick Williams in the time-honored Change of Command ceremony, marking a pivotal moment in Orlando’s history as Chief Williams was sworn in as the 19th Orlando Fire Chief.

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Amway Center Continues to Thrive


Amway Center Continues to Thrive

By John Denton, OrlandoMagic.com

Amway Center ExteriorTaking in a back-to-back of events at Amway Center recently, Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins looked around at the tens of thousands of fans enjoying the basketball game and the country concert and a big smile stretched across his face.

Orlando’s Amway Center – a state-of-the-art venue almost universally considered the best multi-purpose facility in North America – was fulfilling the very wishes that the Magic and City of Orlando hoped for years earlier, Martins thought to himself.

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan Work-Along With Solid Waste to Launch Backyard Composting for Residents


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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan will work- along with City of Orlando Solid Waste Division staff to deliver free composters to some of the more than 2,000 residents who have signed up as part of the City’s new backyard composting program.

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