OnePulse Foundation, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacies of lives lost at the Pulse nightclub mass shootings, will join NSYNC singer and activist Lance Bass, for one of two benefit events taking place in West Hollywood. A onePulse Foundation Benefit will be at Rocco’s WeHo and Heart WeHo, on Friday, September 9, 2022. Another onePulse fundraiser will take place at Stache WeHo on Saturday September 10, 2022.
onePULSE will host a private gathering and update on the National Pulse Memorial & Museum on Sept. 9 from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Rocco’s WeHo (8900 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood). The onePulse Foundation Benefit will be hosted by Lance Bass who is also a onePULSE board member; Barbara Poma, onePULSE Foundation Founder; Ward Simmons, Baccarat Senior Vice President of Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Visual; and Jason Collins, retired NBA player and onePULSE board member.
Immediately following the Rocco’s WeHo event, onePULSE will hold a similar fundraiser for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum at Heart WeHo (8911 Santa Monica Blvd.) from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. The event will be hosted by Bass and Simmons.
On Sept. 10 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. at Stache WeHo (8941 Santa Monica Blvd.), Eden Entertainment Group, in association with onePULSE, will present L.A.’s onePULSE Benefit Concert. The evening will feature queer female artists, dancing, live music and performances.
All proceeds will benefit onePULSE Foundation.
The City Council of the City of West Hollywood presented a Key to the City to Barbara Poma. The presentation took place during a regular West Hollywood City Council meeting on Monday, February 7, 2022.
Pulse nightclub was the location of a tragic mass shooting that took place on June 12, 2016 that left 49 people dead, 68 people injured, and countless other lives affected. Barbara Poma established Pulse nightclub in 2004 as a tribute to her brother, John, who passed away from HIV/AIDS. The Orlando, Florida club was embraced by the LGBTQ community for its culture of love and acceptance. Sadly, it became known as the site of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, as well as the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in the nation.
In the aftermath of the massacre, Poma established the onePULSE Foundation to fund, design, and construct a National Pulse Memorial & Museum at the original site of the Pulse nightclub. In the interim, the onePULSE Foundation has established a memorial as a sanctuary of quiet reflection and love dedicated to honoring the senseless loss of innocent life. The onePULSE Foundation has also created 49 individual annually awarded college scholarships named in honor of each victim and designed with input from the victims’ families to highlight their specific vocations, hobbies, or life aspirations.
To learn more, visit: https://onepulsefoundation.org/.