Sunday, June 26, 2016
Wild Side BBQ (700 E Washington St, Orlando, FL) hosted a Pulse fundraiser. Like the night of the horrific event that left 49 dead and 53 injured, this event will have a Latin theme. The funds will benefit employees, and many of them are expected to be at the event. Performers and DJs from the bar will also be on hand, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
I arrived fairly early. Rainbow table cloths covered folding tables that had raffle items in the center of Washington Street. Rainbow flags also adorned every flag pole. The Wild Side slogan is, Peace, Love, BBQ. The crowd slowly got thicker as the sun set. Roxy, a real estate broker, really wanted to get into the sketch. Since the lire word was inked, there wasn't a spot to place her. My scene was fully populated. She wore a bright pin flower on her shirt and had a matching pink flower in her hair. People with dog were quite popular, and a photographs staged a photo of children petting 2 dog.
There was a presentation to the owner of Pulse, Barbara Poma, by two openly gay men, Erwynn Umali and Will Behrens, who were the first men to get married while serving in the military. They had a “color run” at McGuire Air Force Base which they dedicated to the victims. They brought a rainbow-colored wreath from the run to Orlando, and a copy of President Obama’s pride month proclamation signed by all the runners.
More urban Latin acts followed and the sub woofers in front of the stage caused any bones to rattle. Though I didn't understand the lyrics, the beat was catchy. People were just start: to dance. I walked down the street to Falcon Bar to pick up some art from a show I exhibit in last month. I was pleased to discover that my piece which was a print of an illegal sketch done in Winter Park, had sold. To celebrate, I ordered a lemon infused Shanty beer.