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Today, Cirque du Soleil would like to show its support of the Las Vegas community by making a donation in aid of the victims of Sunday night's mass shooting, as well as the heroic first responders. “We are heart broken by the senseless act of violence that has gravely impacted our community - our neighbors - and we mourn for the victims and everyone affected by this tragic event,” said Jerry Nadal, Senior Vice President of Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Show Division. “Las Vegas is our home and the people of this incredible city are our family. On behalf of Cirque du Soleil, we want the community to know that we stand as one. Entertainment is the foundation of this city and we will recover, and eventually heal, from this together.” Cirque du Soleil will make a total contribution of 1 million dollars. The company will donate 500,000 dollars to a Las Vegas shooting victims fund, as well as contributing 5,000 tickets to any of the eight Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas, including Blue Man Group. Tickets will be available to first responders, including police officers, fire fighters and medical responders, and their families.
Finally, Cirque du Soleil plans to join forces with the Las Vegas entertainment community to raise additional funds for the victims by participating in an upcoming benefit concert. Details for that event will be communicated at a later date.