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January 31, 2018 | By John Gafford

On 10/1/2017, Las Vegas changed forever. It was the day of the worst mass shooting in the history of the country.  58 people were killed, and thousands of others injured by a hail of bullets coming from a shooter high on the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Two months later, Las Vegas has continued to prove just how incredible of a place it is. We have pulled together as a community focused on rebuilding strong and offering support to those who need it the most. From financial support to physical and emotional support, the #LasVegasStrong has proven true.

Vegas Strong Benefit Concert on 12/2

One way the city has proven it’s ready to rebuild strong is through the concert on 12/2. Artists including Boyz II Men and comedians like Jay Leno showed up to provide entertainment in an effort to raise funds for the victims of the massacre.

The concert also showed the world that Las Vegas really is strong, by enjoying the evening’s music and laughs in a big way. That kind of relief makes us stronger and gets us closer to the truth of how strong we can be. And as the entertainers raised spirits they raised funds. The event raised over $700,000 for the victims and their families.

What Vegas Strong Really Means

To us, Vegas Strong means strength unlike any the world has ever seen. Yes, this has been one of the most emotional times in our city’s history, but it has also revealed just how close we are as a community.

Visitors too have shared their support for victims. After the shooting, memorials popped up all along the Vegas strip, and visitors can be found on any given day laying down flowers and saying their piece for the victims. Some are evening adding their names to the big sign “In Memory Route 91.”

Truly, right from the start, “Vegas Strong” came through and became the stronghold for everyone. Help came from every direction.

No matter what we face, Vegas will always be strong.