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Contact: Sara Grossman
THE DRU PROJECT’S LAUNCH PARTY IS SET FOR JUNE 11TH
A Year After the Pulse Shooting, a Victim’s Friends Reflect & Celebrate
ORLANDO, FL–Almost a year ago, 49 innocent lives were taken by a madman with a military-style machine gun. He entered Pulse Nightclub and killed 49 and also injured 53 more. The ripple effects of the nation’s largest mass shooting have reached far and wide and in some cases–across the globe.
On June 11, 2017 from 6-midnight, The Dru Project (www.thedruproject.org) will host its official launch party and memorial to honor Pulse victim Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen. The party will take place in Orlando, Florida at The Abbey. It is also listed as an official event with the City of Orlando. Their program will take place 7pm-9pm, and the rest of the time is allocated for mingling or for folks to just stop by to show their support.
“We are doing everything we can to honor Drew, and this is only the beginning,” Vice President Brandon Wolf said. The Dru Project is a 501c3 in the state of Florida, looking to create curriculum for GSAs (gay-straight alliances) in high schools across the state. They’re also raising funds for scholarships. At the party, the organization will take time to reflect on the all-too-brief life of their friend Drew, as well as give out the first “Spirit of Drew” scholarship for $1000 to one of over 20 applicants. The scholarship will go to a student who “exemplifies the spirit" of Drew: desire for unity, inclusion, and love.
Event: The Dru Project Launch Party & Memorial
When: Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 6pm-midnight (Program 7pm-9pm)
Where: The Abbey, 100 S Eola Dr #100, Orlando, FL 32801
About The Dru Project: The Dru Project is an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization on a mission to spread love across the nation and promote gay straight alliances. We are doing this by creating a curriculum for high school GSAs to use, should they wish to adopt our program. We are also offering scholarships to students who truly exemplify Drew's spirit for inclusion and unity. To learn more, please visit www.thedruproject.org.