To coincide with the two-year anniversary of Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub attack, Mount Dora Community Building will host a screening of Lifeline: The Untold Story of Saving the Pulse Survivors, on Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m. The film’s goal is to create awareness of the importance of donating blood in our community.
Lifeline delivers a never-before-seen perspective of what it took to save the lives of the Pulse victims on June 12, 2016. It’s a story about extraordinary people who are forever linked by one of our nation’s worst mass shootings, yet their stories have never been told.
The emotional documentary features Pulse survivors as they learn of anonymous blood donors who are responsible for helping save their lives. The donors were of varying ages and backgrounds and previously unknown to the survivors.
Ironically, although the Pulse attack targeted their community, many gay men were prohibited from donating blood to help the victims because the federal government has a policy that precludes them.
In remembrance of the Pulse victims, the City of Mount Dora will host two Unity Blood Drives for One Blood in front of City Hall. The first will be Monday, June 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will be followed by another on Tuesday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Two Big Red Buses will be parked at 510 N. Baker Street, downtown.
At the film screening, donations will be accepted to help with improvements to the Community Building, including equipment needs to continue to bring high-quality productions to Mount Dora.
Doors for the screening open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:00 p.m.
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Providing a forever-home to furry friends in need just got easier. “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats” is a free pet adoption event being held the second Saturday of June, July and August at Lake County Animal Shelter. The no-kill shelter will offer free hot dogs and popsicles during the monthly event.
“Summer is the ideal time for families to consider adopting a pet,” said Shelter Director Whitney Boylston. “Children are home from school and are able to spend quality time with their new best friend. Research suggests that having a pet helps kids increase self-esteem and compassion, among other positive effects.”
Families can consult with the shelter's staff to help choose a pet that is a good match for their family.
"Hot Dogs, Cool Cats” will be held on June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the shelter, located at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares.
Lake County's mission is to have all savable animals adopted or rescued. The public can help by fostering, adopting or sharing the adoptable pets on social media.
The event is sponsored by L.E.A.S.H., Inc., a non-profit agency based in Lake County that directly benefits shelter animals in need. Find more local news in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis here and follow Mount Dora Buzz on Facebook. Free subscriptions to the monthly issue of 'The Buzz' are available here.