Local gay bar raises funds for Orlando shootings

The event also raised awareness for people struggling with addiction

A hip-hop event at Utopia was held to show support and raise awareness for people struggling with addiction.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A hip-hop event at Utopia on East Midlothian Boulevard was held Saturday night to show support and raise awareness for people struggling with addiction.

Last year Aaron Keffer, who coordinated the event, lost his cousin, who was gay, to the heroin epidemic.

Along with raising awareness for people struggling with addiction, the event also raised funds for the victims and their families of the Orlando shootings through a basket raffle and ticket sales.

The Pulse Fund has raised millions of dollars since the tragic shootings.

“Basically by bringing people here we’re trying to unite them and help them be more open-minded. To show them that there is a beautiful venue here, and people are people,” Keffer said.

Utopia will also host their own separate benefit for the Pulse Fund July 1 starting at 9 p.m.

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