AdventHealth Donates $1M to Memorialize Victims of Orlando Gay Nightclub Shooting
29 December 2019 | Earlier this month, Orlando Weekly reported that AdventHealth was donating $1 million to the onePulse foundation, the 501(c)(3) charity set up to memorialize victims of the shooting that killed 49 guests at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.
The funds will help build the National Pulse Memorial & Museum that is projected to cost $49 million. The facility is planned to open in 2022. Some of the donated funds will also help fund a curriculum “focused on diversity and inclusion,” said the onePulse foundation in a press release.
AdventHealth has pledged to give subsequent gifts to the onePulse Academy that will make the inclusion curriculum available in the museum so that schools and corporate entities can use it as a resource.
In addition, AdventHealth has given $15,000 as a scholarship intended for a student, chosen by the onePulse foundation, who seeks an education in the health sciences.
In a press release, Barabara Poma, the onePulse foundation CEO, said that the organization was “extremely grateful for this generous gift from AdventHealth and their outstanding commitment to whole-person care in our community.”
Poma said that donations such as the one given by the Adventist hospital system were “critical to help us fulfill our mission and we appreciate their leadership in inspiring others to give.”
AdventHealth is an Adventist non-profit health care organization that operates a network of hospitals and other healthcare facilities within the Southern and Midwestern regions of the United States. Its headquarters is in Altamonte Springs, Florida.