Tony Awards to pay tribute to Orlando victims; Buddy Dyer, Teresa Jacobs send their thanks

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The Tony Awards intend to pay tribute to the victims of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre Sunday night and Orlando leaders are sending their thanks.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts President Kathy Ramsberger fashioned video thanks late Sunday afternoon in the middle of the crisis management.

“Thank you, Broadway, for standing with us in our time of need,” Dyer says.

“Your thoughts, your prayers and your outpouring of love have been felt, and they have helped begin the healing in our diverse community,” Jacobs said.

“Our vision for the arts is for every life. And every life here in Orlando and around the world has been affected by this needless tragedy,” Ramsberger said.

The Tony Awards reached out to Ramsburger Sunday, letting her know the tribute would be made. As part of that, she, Dyer and Jacobs quickly produced the thank you video, to be played as party of tonight’s tribute.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at