WHEREAS, on May 31, 2019, 12 people were killed and four people were wounded in a mass shooting at a municipal building in the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the shootings were horrific, jarring, and heartbreaking; and
WHEREAS, the victims and their families incurred medical, funeral, and other expenses as a result of this tragedy; and
WHEREAS, after this terrible tragedy, there was an outpouring of generosity by people and businesses offering monetary donations to help the victims of the mass shooting and their families; and
WHEREAS, the United Way of South Hampton Roads, a nonprofit § 501(c)(3) organization, and the City of Virginia Beach created the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund (Fund); and
WHEREAS, through the Fund, the City of Virginia Beach and the United Way of South Hampton Roads are working to ensure that monetary donations are used to provide financial assistance to the victims of the mass shooting and their families; and
WHEREAS, the Fund seeks to address the loss suffered by victims and their families, memorialize the heroism of first responders and community members, and assist the victims, their families, and the community in recovering from this tragedy. Such services lessen the burdens of government;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize that the Fund seeks to perform an essential government function with respect to the Virginia Beach mass shooting by lessening the burdens of government and promoting the health, welfare, and recovery of the victims, their families, and the Virginia Beach community.