LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (FOX11)
Antonio “Tony” Nunez is a dance instructor at Londance Studios in Laguna Niguel. He lost two friends in the Orlando Shooting, Juan P Velazquez and Anthony Disla. Thursday night he and his husband performed a special dance during a fundraiser for the victims' families.
“I wanted to put together something that talked about a relationship and missing somebody and being reunited with them at some point. whether it’s in your dreams, or in the after life or just in your heart on a daily basis,” Nunez said.
Nunez and the owners of Londance hosted last-minute fundraiser in an effort to raise money for the families of the victims and to help the injured pay for hospital bills.
“[Juan P] was fun, funny, just gregarious. Larger than life. He’d walk into a club like it was his personal party,” Nunez said about Velazquez.
“Anthony was just a good hearted soul that would make sure everybody was okay,” Nunez said regarding Disla.
He said they were all part of a group that would vacation together and perform in dance competitions.
In less than 48 hours the owners of Londance worked to turn one of their socials into a full blown fundraiser for the victims of the Orlando shooting. Local businesses donating $13,000 in prizes for a silent auction.
“We just wanted to help. we wanted to participate…we wanted to raise money for the families. We love to dance, we love the dance…we just want to help,’ co-owner of Londance, Patricia West said.
“These people didn’t have a lot of means, but they loved life and they were just tremendous. And dance, was so much of a healing process on a day to day basis for them and that’s definitely how we’re going to heal tonight,” Nunez said.