Float Riders from AHF & Impulse Group United’s ‘To Honor & Remember
Orlando’ float will be available for media interviews on Saturday, Dec.
31st, by arrangement, and Sunday, Jan. 1st,
12:15pm—or immediately following the float judging.
In the wake of the attack on the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in June
that left 49 dead and scores injured, AHF is dedicating its entry in the
128th Rose Parade® presented by Honda to honor
the memory of those lost to the senseless violence as well as survivors,
families and loved ones. Three survivors of the attack, the owner of the
club and community members involved in the recovery and healing efforts
in Orlando will ride on the float.
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the sixth year in a row, AIDS
Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in partnership with its affiliated
Group United, will take part in the Rose
Parade with a float this year that honors the memory of the 49
individuals lost to the violence in the senseless attack on the Pulse
Nightclub and LGBTQ community in Orlando.
Three survivors of the attack, Victor Baez, Isaiah
Henderson and Jahqui Sevilla, whose coach was
killed in the attack, will ride on the float. Other riders include Barbara
Poma, cofounder and owner of the club as well as four community
members involved in the recovery and healing efforts in Orlando; Patty
Sheehan, an openly gay Orlando City Commissioner, who has been a
vocal and passionate voice in the community and around the tragedy; Joel
Morales, an HIV testing counselor and lead case worker for many of
the survivors and families; and Corey Lyons and Gustavo
Marrero, the president and vice president, respectively, of Impulse
Group Orlando, both of whom played a significant role in the Orlando
community after the attack.
The float is titled, ‘To
Honor and Remember Orlando.’
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: AHF & Impulse Group United’s Orlando
Saturday, December 31st (Saturday
Sunday, January 1st (12:15pm, or
Fiesta Parade Floats
16016 Avenida Padilla
Irwindale Ave exit off the #210 Fwy East, then R @ 1st light, then
President & Member
of AHF’s Board of Directors