NBCUniversal will also be donating $1 million to the fund, which was set up by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to help those affected by the shooting at Pulse nightclub on Sunday that left 49 people dead. In a note to staff, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said they had “given a lot of thought to what we could do as a company to honor and support the victims and acknowledge this profound loss.”
Burke also added that this donation was “to support non-profits that are providing services to the victims and families, as well as working with the LGBTQ, Hispanic and other affected communities.”
Tom Williams, CEO of Universal Parks and Resort, took to the Universal Orlando blog to acknowledge the partnership with OneOrlando and address the recent decision.
“Like so many other organizations and families in Orlando, those of us at Universal Orlando have lost people who were close to us — team members and members of our extended family. We are doing everything we can to take care of the families of those we lost and of all our team members as they grieve,” he wrote. “In fact, we will be holding a private remembrance event tonight that will involve Universal theme parks across the globe.”
Williams also urged readers to “keep all the victims of this tragedy in your thoughts, prayers and actions.”