Local cities and organizations are hosting various events to commemorate the third anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting tragedy, which resulted in 17 deaths after a gunman breached campus.
“At a time when it’s difficult to physically come together, we are grateful to be able to provide our community the opportunity to virtually come together and make a difference in people’s lives,” said Parkland Director of Communications Todd DeAngelis in a press release.
“Parkland and the larger MSD community have shown a tendency toward always helping others,” DeAngelis added. “We’re grateful for this chance to literally give people a home.”
Scroll down for a list of events and more details.
- The City of Parkland is collaborating with Food For The Poor for a fundraiser to build 20 homes for families in Honduras. The fundraiser takes the place of an in-person service project held in years past.
- Eagles’ Haven, a community wellness center created solely and mindfully for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community, will offer a full day of programming from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5655 Coral Ridge Drive in Coral Springs. Activities offered include meditation, rock painting, bracelet making and a drum circle, among others.
- Parkland will also host a commemoration on Sunday, February 14th at at 5:30 p.m. at Pines Trail Park (10555 Trails End). The event will feature therapy dogs, community message boards and a brief ceremony, and it will be livestreamed on the city's social media pages.
- The City of Pembroke Pines is hosting a prayer vigil on Sunday, February 14th at 6 p.m. at the Charles F. Dodge City Center Plaza. The event will be livestreamed via Facebook. Attendees must have facial coverings and practice social distancing.
- The City of Margate is hosting a vigil on Sunday, February 14th at 5:30 p.m. at the Margate Sports Complex (1695 Banks Road). 17 lanterns will be released at 6:17 p.m. in honor of the 17 lives lost, and candles will be given out to attendees.