NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A benefit concert and blood drive is being held on Friday in New Orleans for the Orlando shooting victims and their families. The event, titled "NOLA beats for Orlando" is an opportunity for people to support and pay tribute to those impacted by the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, which happened on June 12. Fifty-three people were wounded and 49 killed when Omar Mateen started shooting inside the club as it was closing. Mateen was later killed in a shootout with police.
Friday's event will be held be held at the Sugar Mill at 1021 Convention Center Boulevard. The event will feature a blood drive sponsored by Ochsner Hospital as well as a tribute to the Pulse nightclub victims victims. The event will also honor the victims of the 1973 arson attack at a gay nightclub in New Orleans, the Upstairs Lounge, which killed 32 people.
There will be musical performances by Stooges Brass Band, Tarriona "tank" Ball, Mia Borders, Arséne DeLay & The Bayou Saints, Robin Barnes, Khris Royal, and Tonya Boyd-Cannon. Entertainers and speakers from the LGBT community will also participate in the activities.
Participants can write letters to the victims and their families at a letter-writing station and for a donation of $1. Balloons can be purchased for a special release. There will be a cash bar and local food trucks providing food for purchase. There is a suggested donation of $5 for the event. First NBC Bank will oversee donations to the OneOrlando Fund. All of the funds collected will go to the Orlando victims and family members
The event is scheduled for Friday, June 24th from 3:00 - 8:00 pm.